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Drunkening

noun; back formation
A time in which one is in the process of becoming inebriated There really is no word to describe the time during which you get drunk. The word was formed from the word drunken, using the past progressive verb tense –ing which suggests continuous action in the past. Although it doesn’t make very much sense to apply a verb conjugation to an adjective, that is what seemingly happened in the formation of this word. It has become somewhat of a cult usage, mainly the only people who say this word are those who religiously follow the Simpsons, or even just tend to enjoy the show from time to time. As college is a time when people generally would be classified as alcoholics if they were anywhere else, the word gets a lot of practical usage on campus.
 
Homer, you’re going to be late for your drunkening.
Etymology : Back Formation of the word drunken. From Middle English drinken, From Old English drincan
Source : The Simpsons
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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