timburmaður

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Etymology[edit]

From timbur (wood, timber, lumber) and maður (a man), a calque of the synonymous Danish term tømmermænd (a hangover).[1] The oldest example of the word timburmenn (a hangover) in the Orðabók Háskólans ("the University Dictionary") is from an issue of Fjallkonan ("the Lady of the mountain") from 1891 which goes as follows:

Margar tegundir kaffibrauðs ... fínasta Scotch Whisky, hið eina í bænum sem enginn fær af hina leiðu timbrmenn.[1] (Many types of bakery products ... the finest Scotch Whiskey, the only one in town that that results not in the dreaded hangover.)

The literal meaning of timburmaður (carpenter), however, is far older.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtʰɪmpʏrˌmɛnː/

Noun[edit]

timburmaður m (genitive singular timburmanns, nominative plural timburmenn)

  1. (used in the plural) a hangover syn.
  2. (rare) carpenter syn.

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Icelandic Web of Science: Hvaðan kemur orðið timburmenn? (“Where does the word timburmaður come from?”)

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