MEANING: adjective, adverb: Damned.

ETYMOLOGY: Alteration of eternal (as in “eternal damnation”), from Latin aeternus, from aevum (age). Ultimately from the Indo-European root aiw-/ayu- (vital force, life, eternity), which also gave us ever, never, aye, nay, eon, eternal, medieval, primeval, utopia, Sanskrit Ayurveda, aught, coeval, and coetaneous. Earliest documented use: 1790.

TSARNAL - the Droit de Seigneur in St. Petersburg; hanky-panky in old Russia

BARNAL - what keeps the mouse population down on upstate Vermont farms

TARNAIL - what a sailor bites when he's nervous