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Drinkathon

noun; blending
An extended party or event involving the consumption of alcohol. "Drinkathon" seems to be a large social gathering that is basically an excuse to drink excessive alcohol. 'Drink' refers to alcohol, the suffix '-athon' refers to some sort of race or drawn-out activity, presumably from 'marathon', from which many nouns have been coined. It is very easy to take any verb and slap '-athon' on the end to turn it into a word that denotes an activity that lasts a very long time. This word is a blend of 'drink' (to drink alcohol) and 'marathon' (activity that lasts a long time). This word was obviously coined in jest, to make fun of people who party under the pretense of official business. The British are funny very funny, inventive writers, not afraid to coin new words or modify existing ones to suit the situation.
 
Drama at the British Society of Magazine Editors awards drinkathon, sorry, ceremony this week?
Etymology : drink + marathon
Source : Reading the British tabloids online: http://media.guardian.co.uk/diary/
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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