Pronounced: KREP-ih-tate, verb

Notes: Not at all what I thought

Yesterday’s word

The word nephalism means “teetotalism; abstinence from alcohol”

First usage

Our word came into English in the mid-1800s

Background / Comments

One who practices nephalism is a ‘nephalist’. I am a nephalist; given all of the problems caused by drinking and drunkenness, I think America would be better off if nephalism was more popular. People tend to imagine that they have better self-control than they actually do; I don’t know of anyone who deliberately becomes a drunkard. Then there are those that cannot stop drinking once they start. I think nephalism is a safer practice. There is a very active anti-tobacco lobby, even though the dangers from ‘secondhand smoke’ has been highly exaggerated. I wish this group would turn their attention to alcoholism instead of tobacco. Well, enough of that… our word comes the from the Greek word nephalios (sober).

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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