Weird Word of the Week

Alcoholiday: (n) the use of a public holiday as an excuse to get drunk

Example sentence:

“When I attended a free Ryan Adams concert on the 4th of July in Battery Park, I started to suspect that Ryan had begun celebrating his alcoholiday early when he shouted, “today we celebrate our independence from France and cheese!”

I first encountered this word in a New Yorker profile on Malcolm Lowry, whose whole life could aptly be described as an ‘alcoholiday.’ According to legend, Lowry insisted that his gravestone read: “He lived nightly, and drank daily, and died playing the ukulele.” This proves the theory that it’s never a good idea to compose your epitaph while drunk.

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