By Harry Whittier Frees [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

I was stuck for a K word today, and where in this cruel wordless world would I turn for inspiration but my buddy Google? And Google suggested, among other less intriguing words, this one: katzenjammer.

Any stabs at what it means before we get to that below?

As you might have guessed from my out-of-alphabetical-sequence photo today, I immediately, immediately thought of cats in pajamas when I saw that word. Especially since Google offered it as “katzenjammers.”

Obviously not what it means, but, I mean, how cool would it be if Germans did have a word specifically for cats in pajamas? They gave us schadenfreude, so it’s not outside the realm of possibility.

Here is the definition from Wikipedia:

Katzenjammer German pronunciation:[ˈkaʦənˌjamɐ] is a German word literally meaning “cat’s wail” (caterwaul) and hence “discordant sound”, sometimes used to indicate a general state of depression or bewilderment. It has also been used as a term for a hangover, with the sufferer’s groans of discomfort being likened to a wailing cat.

Apparently there’s also a band from Oslo, Norway named Kaztenjammers, which is kind of an odd name for people who make music, but I guess it’s always good to recognize your limitations.

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19 thoughts on “Katzenjammer

    • That actually makes perfect sense, given the definition…now I think “yammer” probably has German (or possibly Yiddish, a lot of which comes from German) origins.

      What’s “Pajamas” in German, I wonder?


  1. debscarey

    I’m going to stick with your initial response – cats in PJs – ‘cos who doesn’t love that idea, apart from … you know … the cats 😉

    As for the Norweigan band, they do have some very odd musical traits over there, or else my chap has a particular skill in seeking out *only* the weird & wonderful (hmmmm … there’s a thought).

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    • I don’t know…I think that a band called Katzenjammers probably speaks for the music scene! I mean…

      Totally agree, I like my definition best. I wonder if I can get Germany on board.


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