underhungover (adj.) being in the condition, after a somewhat steamy night out, of feeling suspiciously unpained and clear-headed the following morning; usually symptomatic of being still inebriated. Differs from gintrospection (q.v.) in that it occurs at one’s usual rising time, and is accompanied by a sense of well-being and relief.

Fortunately, being nowhere near as debauched as the pose I like to strike in my online persona, underhangovers are a rare occurrence for me.

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gintrospection (n.) that period of self-analysis at about five in the morning after a few too many gin and tonics, when one cannot sleep but is not actually in any physical pain, and is probably still slightly drunk, a little bit maudlin, too incoherent to read, but coherent enough to brave the depths of one’s personality. A palpable sense of the utter transitory nature of existence and the inevitability of nothingness, whilst not obligatory, certainly adds an urgency and piquancy to the process.

I’m a big fan of the occasional bout of gintrospection, I really am. Helps you keep perspective.

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