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Hangry – a portmanteau of hungry and angry – is perhaps an experience that every creator on earth feels many times in her life. Our body-clock and biological neural network play tricks whenever our stomach is empty due to a missed eating at the scheduled time, causing blood sugar to go low. Whenever blood sugar falls, certain hormones are released to boost the sugar level to normal. But the result is irritability without the mind realizing the root cause of the emotion.
“Hangry is a clever portmanteau of hungry and angry, and an adjective that describes being irritable due to hunger”
The first written use of hangry in our (Merriam-Webster) files is from a story in The London Magazine: “Listen,” she says, “is hangry” (and this word of hers I remembered because hunger and anger I learned are one and the same). (Rebecca Camu, “A Splinter of Glass,” The London Magazine, December//January 1992) Hangry didn’t come into greater use until the Internet gave it new life. It showed up first on Usenet, then other Internet forums, and eventually joined the pantheon of The Giffed, cementing its place in our online lexicon.
It’s moved offline as well—and with good reason. Hangry is a concise way to describe a common feeling, so it’s no surprise that it’s shown up in sources like The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, SELF Magazine, Ebony, and Bon Appetit, as well as in broadcasts on CNN and NBC. Scientists have weighed in on a hanger and whether it’s real or imagined, and the adjective has even been applied to bears. The rise in the use of hangry makes it a good candidate for future entry—provided people stay hangry.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility—a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel
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