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I took a word to work with me
And it made me look quite stately
Then afterwards, I had some tea
Which improved my grunge look greatly

But my caffeine brain got jumbled up
And I was gasping to have some more
I rushed to the kettle,
The middle fell out
My brain got in a pickle,
And I nearly went lying to death's door


What's the word?


Hints

1. What's a grunge look?

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  • $\begingroup$ rot13(Vf gur svefg cnentencu nalguvat gb qb jvgu Aveinan?) $\endgroup$
    – Deolus
    Aug 4, 2020 at 2:31
  • $\begingroup$ @Deolus, no it's not. Any reference is purely coincidental! $\endgroup$
    – Oliver
    Aug 4, 2020 at 15:08

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I thought I might have it, I started strongly but then got a bit lost. Thought I would post a partial answer here though, in case it inspires someone.

Could the word be:

Shirt

I took a word to work with me
And it made me look quite stately

Wearing a collared shirt to work adds dignity

Then afterwards, I had some tea
Which improved my grunge look greatly

Adding T (Tea) to shirt = T-Shirt, a more grunge look. Bonus points if it includes the Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden or Pearl Jam logo.

But my caffeine brain got jumbled up
And I was gasping to have some more

Jumbled hints to an anagram, which can give us "Thirst", which fits "gasping to have some more"

I rushed to the kettle,
The middle fell out

My brain got in a pickle,
And I nearly went lying to death's door

The middle is falling out of my answer a bit - this is where I got lost.

The best I could do was:

The middle of 'kettle' is 'tt' and if we remove the two Ts from thirst we get "hirs" Not exactly a word, but it sounds a lot like "Hearse" which could take us to deaths door!

Well, not really, because if you're in a hearse you have usually passed already through deaths door.

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    – Oliver
    Aug 5, 2020 at 10:45
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This is probably not correct, but I want to see if I am on the right track.

Is the word

crown?

And it made me look quite stately

a crown looks quite stately

The middle fell out... And I nearly went lying to death's door

Removing the middle letters from crown yields CN which could be the -cyano group, responsible for forming highly toxic chemical compounds

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    $\begingroup$ You not on the right track sadly, although interesting approach (I'm not a chemist)! There are two transformations between your two explanations, so the words are not identical $\endgroup$
    – Oliver
    Aug 4, 2020 at 15:06

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