A sudden, violent awakening that occurs when one realizes that he or she has dozed
off in public; usually, the venue is a lecture hall. The awakening is rarely soft and is frequently punctuated by a strong shake, wherein the victim will
and then pretend as though
he or she had been awake the entire time. For a few seconds afterward, the victim will
have a hard time thinking
clearly and will
usually curse the recent violent awakening.
I fell asleep during Microelectronics. In my sleep, I remembered
that my binder
was precariously balanced on the edge of my desk and the one adjacent. I had the biggest
shake awake ever when, in a torrent of irrational dream-thought, I determined that I had to save it from
falling, even though
there was no chance of that happening.