According to a recent Huffington Post article, 10 Things Hangry People Do, hanger is when people are both hungry and angry. It seems to lead to all sorts of problems like a need for butter and starch and “chocolate freak-outs.”
It got me thinking, though; why not combine anger with other emotional/cognitive/behavioral states to create more fun new words. In that spirit, here are a handful of portmanteaus (a word I totally knew on my own and didn’t have to ask my colleagues in the English department about) we should embrace:
- Temperature Tantrums: An uncontrollable outburst of anger because you are either too hot or too cold.
- Lustration: Intense sexual desire… for someone who’s just not that into you.
- Checkoutrage: The frustration from consistently choosing the wrong line at the grocery store.
- Inferiation: An inaccurate deduction that leads to infuriation.
- Resetment: The feeling of betrayal and irritation that comes with having to restore your cellphone to factory settings.
- Madderall: The drug prescribed for people with anger and attention problems.
- Pollyannoyed: Feeling irritated by another’s joyful outlook on life.
This is intended to be just the start. Please feel free to add others to the comments below.
By Ryan C. Martin