Is there a single word to describe the feeling of thirst/dryness when hungover?
I'm translating a song from Russian and just 'hangover' will probably work, but i'm wondering if there's maybe a slang word for this specifically.
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I’ve often heard the term cotton mouth to describe this phenomena.
The Oxford learner’s dictionary labels this as
US informal. An online wellness article indicates that the chief symptom of cotton mouth is "a severely dry mouth” and says that one way to avoid it is by limiting your alcohol intake.
I’m not sure how widely recognizable this term might be outside of the U.S., but it might work well as slang in a song lyric. It even has the same number of syllables as hangover, so it might be an easy fit for you.
I'm not aware of a single word, a common UK phrase however is to
I can't find a definition of it as such but there are plenty of examples online where the meaning is clear from context. It conveys both thirst and the way everything tastes vile when you wake up with a hangover. Like the bottom of a parrot's cage because it's dry and covered in...crap.
Not what you asked for, but it might give you some ideas:
His mouth had been used as a latrine by some small creature of the night, and then as its mausoleum. During the night, too, he'd somehow been on a cross-country run and then been expertly beaten up by secret police. He felt bad.
Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim
In New Zealand and Australia people sometimes talk of having the dry horrors.
If there is no word for you that fits, try to adopt the german word 'Brand'. Which is a metaphor to something like the following: my mouth needs water to fight the fire which burned my mouth to ashes due to alcohol use(of course it's technically a dehydration of your body). It's common to say that if your thirst is huge, regardless its reason is hangover or just too salty lunch.
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