Tipple [TIP-uhl], verb:
1. To drink intoxicating liquor, habitually or to some excess.
2. To drink intoxicating liquor, repeatedly, in small quantities.
1. Intoxicating liquor.
2. A device that tilts or overturns a freight car to dump its contents.
All tipplers recognize these definitions as absolutely true by strict application of the scientific method and reliance upon (perhaps somewhat fuzzy) historical memory. When one begins, with best intentions, to tipple under verb 2 but (usually stimulated by certain lounge songs, less than inhibited company or a tropical locale) has sallied forth well into verb 1, one can discover, completely to one's surprise mind you, that one has encountered a literal or metaphysical version of noun 2. Which has come coasting up rather rapidly from behind.
Perhaps the same publication provides a useful definition of "hangover cure"?
From the Word of the Day, May 18, 2010.