To be “hangry” means to be so hungry that it’s affecting one’s mood for the worse — making one angry. (By the way, if you read that sentence and thought, ‘Gee, thanks, mister,’ it may be worth noting that the OED also just added “mansplain.”)
According to a January blog post by Katherine Connor Martin, Oxford University Press’s head of U.S. Dictionaries, “hangry” has only “entered common use” in the 21st century, but “the earliest known evidence for the word dates from 1956, in an unusual article in the psychoanalytic journal American Imago that describes various kinds of deliberate and accidental wordplay.” Martin noted that some other “words formed by contraction or elision” presented in that article, such as “criumph (a crime triumph) and sexperience (sexual experience),” have yet to catch on with the English-speaking public.
Hangry, though, has not only caught on, but Kim’s high-profile usage all but guarantees the term will become much more popular. Not surprisingly, in the immediate wake of her Olympic triumph, there were countless variations of the phrase “hangry for gold.”
Even less surprisingly, Corporate America was eager to jump aboard:
It was probably not an accident that, complaints of an unfinished breakfast sandwich aside, Kim was suspected of having quite the sweet tooth. During the previous day’s qualifying session for the halfpipe final, she tweeted between runs about having a food craving.
Could be down for some ice cream rn— Chloe Kim (@ChloeKim) February 12, 2018
yes...— Chloe Kim (@ChloeKim) February 12, 2018
Little wonder, then, that the coverage of Kim’s gold medal performance included this crucial piece of information:
Important Chloe Kim update - she had what looked like ice cream of yogurt in the mixed zone, so she’s not hangry anymore.— Rachel Axon (@RachelAxon) February 13, 2018
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