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Examples of teetotaler in a Sentence
in a quandary about what to serve for the wedding toast since his future in-laws are teetotalers
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Wine dealing was unusual for Quakers, who tended to be teetotalers, but the pursuit of science was not.
Like many tap rooms and bottle shops, Chuck’s also carries root beer, nitro coffee and other nonalcoholic beverages on tap for teetotalers.
North Korea’s transformation from nuclear teetotaler to outright nuclear addict has been frustrating and astounding.
Nunn scores on the physical comedy scale as a teetotaler who gets blotto drunk as the evening wears on.
Teetotalers will gladly take note of the pure-sugar sodas from Oak Cliff Beverage Works.
Like his teetotaler father, Trump Jr. no longer drinks.
For the moment, however, one thing is certain: the teetotaler president will be dined (if not wined) in lavish fashion.
Drive by to admire the steamboat Victorian structure that served as a summer home for the Woman's Christian Temperance Union — amusing given that Hemingway was no teetotaler.
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Did You Know?
A person who abstains from alcohol might choose tea as his or her alternative beverage, but the word teetotaler has nothing to do with tea. More likely, the "tee" that begins the word teetotal is a reduplication of the letter "t" that begins total, emphasizing that one has pledged total abstinence. In the early 1800s, ''tee-total'' and ''tee-totally'' were used to intensify ''total'' and ''totally'' much the way we now might say, ''I'm tired with a capital T.'' ''I am now … wholly, solely, and teetotally absorbed in Wayne's business,'' wrote the folklorist Parson Weems in an 1807 letter. Teetotal and teetotaler first appeared with their current meanings in 1834, eight years after the formation of the American Temperance Society.
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