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For instance, the three words "stark raving mad" create one of the ultimate and undeniable descriptors of an individual considered psychotic. Word origins could translate that phrase into "staring intensely in extremely hungry rapid movement." In other words, this state is similar to that intensely focused look a wild predatory animal like a wolf has in the final microsecond before landing on its rabbit lunch.

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They rhyme with ; and also with , with the repetition of in the middle for structure. And in the couplet’s payoff, they also sneak in another rude "ass joke," playing with two meanings of , referring to tear-reddened eyes but also that phrase’s 1950s slang definition, meaning the anus.


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Darphne Merkin wrote in  in 2005 at the time of Sandra Dee’s death:

As Grace Palladino asks in , "Did the world really work better when girls had no choice in life but to get married, blacks knew their servile place, and kids who lived outside the charmed circle of upper-middle class life were invisible?"


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The problem with this kind of language begins when it becomes mainly attached to negativity. A newspaper editorial or journalist disparaging certain citizens as "lunatics" ought to be opposed.

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I feel words such as "crazy" can actually be positive in certain contexts. Consider, "I'm crazy in love." Isn't the only real love, crazy love? Recall Apple's early motto for their computers, "Insanely great." The word origin for crazy is "cracked," and in Japanese art the pottery with a beautiful imperfection has a special value.

Cry an’ give myself the red eye…

To this day, when I give public speaking engageements, I ask people if they have heard of racism or sexism or classism or ablism. Obviously, most everyone has, and nearly all hands shoot up. But then I ask if anyone has heard of sanism, and few people have. Even some long-time activists in mental health say they've never heard of the word.

Something more than what they see.

Any discussion of the language of madness needs to include a mention of how Martin Luther King, Jr., in over ten of his speeches and essays, said he was proud to be psychologically "." It is highly recommended that everyone who cares about change in the mental health system become familiar with Martin Luther King's use of this term "maladjusted." For at least a decade, he said in a variety of ways, "Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted." In fact, he even repeatedly said the world was in dire need of a new organization, the "International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment" ().

Can’t they see the tears in my smile?

Rosa Parks, sitting on a bus in the segregated south and refusing to give up her seat, was not 'passive.' Her calm dignity that day was in fact 'staring in hungry pursuit' of justice, connected to a powerful movement.