Make Your Editor Cry: Hunger Pains vs. Hunger Pangs

Make Your Editor Cry: Hunger Pains vs. Hunger Pangs

A pang is a brief piercing spasm of pain. Pain is a much more general word used to describe discomfort.

While hunger pains isn’t an entirely incorrect phrase to describe intense hunger that irritates one’s stomach, it is most likely an eggcorn. The phrase hunger pangs is the more commonly accepted version because it is more specific to the suddenness and sharpness of stomach discomfort due to hunger.

The correct expression is “hunger pangs.”

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