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What a difference a change of wording makes

Thesaurus.com gives us three different word groupings for three different definitions, all adjectives, of the word mad.

Gone absolutely bonkers.

Main Entry: mad
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: crazy, insane
Synonyms: aberrant, absurd, bananas, batty, crazed, cuckoo, daft, delirious, demented, deranged, distracted, fantastic, foolhardy, foolish, frantic, frenetic, frenzied, illogical, imprudent, invalid, irrational, kooky, loony, ludicrous, lunatic, mental, non compos mentis, nonsensical, nutty, of unsound mind, off one’s rocker, out of one’s mind, preposterous, psychotic, rabid, raving, senseless, unbalanced, unhinged, unreasonable, unsafe, unsound, unstable, wacky*
Antonyms: balanced, ok, rational, reasonable, sane, sound
* = informal/non-formal usage

It is my opinion that they should have included the word discombobulated among these synonyms because it has about six syllables, and a word of that size can only make the simplest soul sound more intelligent. It also has the added benefit of making the mad man or mad woman appear even madder.


Main Entry: mad
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: angry
Synonyms: abandoned, agitated, berserk, distracted, distraught, enraged, exasperated, excited, frantic, frenetic, fuming, furious, incensed, infuriated, irritated, livid, provoked, raging, resentful, seeing red, uncontrolled, very upset, wild, wrathful
Antonyms: calm, cheered, collected, happy

This sort of madness can make mental patients extremely impatient. Some of this madness can even go so far as to compell some mental patients to become ex-patients. Mental patients deficient in this type of madness are perfectly content to be mental patients, or mental health consumers as they may prefer to call themselves. We call them Weird Uncles Toms and Weird Aunt Tomasinas.

Also enthused, adoring.

Main Entry: mad
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: enthusiastic; in love
Synonyms: ardent, avid, crazy, daft, devoted, enamoured, enthused, fanatical, fond, hooked, impassioned, infatuated, keen, nuts, wild, zealous
Antonyms: disenchanted, unenthusiastic

Before losing your footing on the moment, thud. “Ouch!”, and back into the real world.

Merriam-Webster has it’s own view.

adj \ˈmad\
mad•der mad•dest

Definition of MAD

1: disordered in mind : insane

2 a : completely unrestrained by reason and judgment [driven mad by pain]

b : incapable of being explained or accounted for [a mad decision]

3: carried away by intense anger : furious [mad about the delay]

4: carried away by enthusiasm or desire [mad about horses]

5: affected with rabies : rabid

6: marked by wild gaiety and merriment : hilarious

7: intensely excited : frantic

8: marked by intense and often chaotic activity : wild [a mad scramble]

mad•dish\ˈma-dish\ adjective
like mad
: to an extreme degree [spending like mad]

Harking back to the origin of the word.

Origin of MAD

Middle English medd, madd, from Old English gemǣd, past participle of *gemǣdan to madden, from gemād silly, mad; akin to Old High German gimeit foolish, crazy

First Known Use: before 12th century

The Online Slang Dictionary supplies two additional definitions, good and many.

While it has been claimed that there is a “stigma” (i.e. a curse) attached to the related term “mentally ill”, there is no such “stigma” attached to the word mad.

According to Wikipedia, there is a Mad Pride movement.

Mad Pride is a mass movement of mental health services users and their allies.

It is my hunch that a whole bunch of these mental health service users and their allies don’t know about Mad Pride, or that it’s a mass movement, and that it somehow involves them. This is what gives Mad Pride such a great future. We refer to this great future as an education.