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drunkoholic

noun; blending and clipping
One who is known to habitually become intoxicated with alcoholic substances; usually refers to an individual in the late teens or early twenties. Apparent Meaning: The term describes an individual who has a habit of drinking excessively. The root word is DRUNK, which is the state of intoxication with alcoholic liquor to the point of physical and mental impairment. The –OHOLIC portion is a clipping of the term ALCOHOLIC, which describes a person who habitually drinks alcoholic substances excessively. The term DRUNKOHOLIC attempts to replace the root word ALCOHOL in ALCOHOLIC with the word DRUNK to suggest habitual drunkenness. Possible Reason Used: While many college students partake in the consumption of alcoholic substances, some are particularly notorious for becoming drunk quite often. Such individuals may be referred to as “drunkoholics,” which seems to be a less serious term than “alcoholic,” which generally has very disgraceful connotations. The term “drunkaholic” seems to be reserved specifically for those who enjoy excessive intoxication regularly but try to avoid being referred to as actual alcoholics.
 
Man, you’re always trashed, you drunkoholic.
Etymology : blending: -OHOLIC is clipped from ALCOHOLIC and blended with DRUNK to produce DRUNKOHOLIC; DRUNK from Middle English drinken, from Old English drincan; ALCOHOL from Arabic alkuhl
Source : UH student commenting on friend’s experience at a party
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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