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Word of the Day: “Teetotaler”

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I am proud to say that I am now a sugar-free teetotaler…  For those unfamiliar with the word “Teetotaler”, it generally has meant someone who doesn’t drink any alcohol, but in my case, I am using it for myself to mean that I don’t eat or drink anything that is specifically sugar-filled or even artificially sugar-filled.   This means I now don’t drink soda, eat candy, etc.  I’ll talk more about why I’m a sugar-free teetotaler in a future post, but if you read my posting on Halloween about “Heart or Health”, you will know part of my reasoning.

And since Halloween, I have done very good at not caving to my craving.  (Which is good, because I had accidentally “fallen off the wagon” once during the week previous to Halloween)

I am also basically not drinking alcohol, which is the original meaning of the word, but this isn’t actually that hard for me, as I never drank a lot of alcohol.  But, if I’m going to identify with being a teetotaler, then it is easiest to also identify with the original meaning as well as my expanded meaning.

And for those of you who are interested in the etymology, there are several theories of its origin that suggest it was coined in the 1820’s or 1830’s.  But, in my research, I found a reference to “Teetotal”  to mean someone averse to alcohol as early as 1774.

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November 2nd, 2013 at 11:59 am