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Good word. If I remember my German correctly, I think the word literally means, "cat's sorrow". Maybe because a person suffering from a hangover is more likely to abuse a cat for "stomping around" (a la The Three Stooges)?
Rimpy - You are very close. The Online Etymology Dictionary lists it as Ger. katzen, comb. form of katze "cat" + jammer "distress, wailing."
The Katzenjammer Kids comic strip embodies all of those definitions -- http://www.kingfeatures.com/features/comics/katzkids/about.htmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Katzenjammer_Kids
Right you are JCR, thank you for mentioning it.
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