I remember from when I was little, a cartton
strip in the funny papers, called the Kazenjammer
Kids, but I never knew the word KATZENJAMMER
actually had meaning on its own.

As Spock would say, fascinating.


Dr. Peter C. Montgomery
Dept. of English
Camosun College
3100 Foul Bay Rd.
Victoria, BC CANADA V8P 5J2
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Subject: A.Word.A.Day--katzenjammer

katzenjammer (KAT-sen-jam-uhr) noun

   1. Hangover

   2. Distress; depression.

   3. Confusion; clamor; uproar.

[From German, from Katzen (plural of Katze, cat) + Jammer (distress,

  "Peebles, in his rejoinder, compared the intense activity in cosmology
   over the last few years to `a really good party.' But he also listed open
   questions that, he said, left him with an `uneasy feeling'--a kind of
   cosmic katzenjammer--about whether the concordance will survive new and
   more precise tests."
   James Glanz, Cosmology: Does Science Know the Vital Statistics of the
   Cosmos? Science (Washington, DC), Nov 13, 1998.

  "The characteristic Grimm story has a katzenjammer irreverence and a
   narrative urgency; its characters are no better than they have to be, and
   are foxy, wild, lucky or unlucky, and utterly human."
   Arthur C. Danto, Maurice Sendak and a Tale Not Quite Grimm Enough,
   The Washington Post, Nov 6, 1988.

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