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The science behind ‘hangry’

Coworkers know the perils of the end of the day: that terrible time when people are ravenous to get home and gorge. It’s the perfect environment for bouts of ‘hanger’, a mix of hunger and anger, typically with some short-temperedness and grumpiness thrown in just for good measure. ‘Hanger’ has been in the news this week for finally becoming widely used enough to be accepted into the Oxford English Dictionary as an official entry, but where does ‘hanger’ really come from? And why can’t grown adults seem to get a handle on this feeling? After all, you’re probably not worried about when your next calories are coming from. The answer lies in the body processes that happen when your internal systems are low on food. Typically, carbs, proteins and fats are digested into simple sugars, amino acids and free fatty acids. There nutrients are passed into your bloodstream where they arrive…

‘Hangry’ now officially a word in the Oxford English Dictionary

Because the English language is ever evolving, 1,100 new words were just added to the Oxford English Dictionary as part of its quarterly update. This means that ‘hangry’ is here to stay. Other official entries will now include ‘mansplaining,’ ‘snowflake’ and ‘me time.’ Qualifying for inclusion in the Western world’s most famous dictionary isn’t easy. As the most complete record of the English language ever assembled, many people weigh in on the process before a new word reaches dictionary status. The OED requires several independent examples of the word being used. Then dictionary researchers consult experts to decide if the the word or phrase should be added to the more than 829,000 words already in existence. In the past, words like OMG and YOLO have raised eyebrows, but most words this round could hardly be argued. Here are a few you’re likely already using: ‘Hangry’: Though its become a favorite in recent…