I am interested in word origins. I’m a little slow picking up on some of the changing vernacular in part due to my advancing age but primarily due to not being fully plugged into the popular culture. I haven’t owned a TV since 2000.
In the last few years I started hearing people use the word, “hangry.” I soon realized that it was a combination of hungry and angry. I found this audio clip discussion of this relatively new term.
One thing that caught my ear in this clip is the mention that the Snickers candy bar company used this term recently in their advertising. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1984. In the year or two leading up to that diagnosis, I experienced several episodes of reactive hypoglycemia. It often occurred a few hours after my morning bowl of cereal, milk and bananas. In one instance I still remember feeling particularly irritable and curing the condition with a Snickers bar!
I learned listening to the above audio clip that the term, hangry, arose in the 1950s and saw a surge of use in the 1990s. I wasn’t aware of that usage during either of those periods.
Looking at the current use of hangry, I think it’s really describing reactive hypoglycemia. Diabetes and its related hypoglycemia are exploding. The popular culture has adopted hangry with a more general meaning but I think it’s really describing hypoglycemia! What do you think?