01/04/2013 10:23 am ET

The Etymology Of The Words Teetotal And Alcohol

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Teetotal, and its corollaries teetotalers and teetotalism, aren't around much these days (you're more likely to find a mayor banning soda than any Prohibition rabble-rousers), but "to teetotal" just means to abstain entirely from alcohol.

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