U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Covid-19 Information Page
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Health and Wellness > Mental Health
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 05-09-2012, 03:43 AM
 
5,660 posts, read 4,499,099 times
Reputation: 5614

Advertisements

I thought this might interest a few people.

BBC News - How offensive is the word 'lunatic'?

"Two US senators have proposed to excise the word "lunatic" from federal law, calling it outdated and offensive. What are the word's origins and why is it so offensive?
The word "lunatic" has been codified into US law so long it has outlasted its currency in the psychiatric profession."
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 05-09-2012, 05:58 AM
 
Location: St. Louis
9,947 posts, read 17,864,018 times
Reputation: 14226
Quote:
a. Originally, affected with the kind of insanity that was supposed to have recurring periods dependent on the changes of the moon. In mod. use, synonymous with insane adj.; current in popular and legal language, but not now employed technically by physicians.
From the Oxford English Dictionary. I guess it doesn't matter the origin but it does matter how you use it. If you're at a frat party and you start throwing beer off the roof onto the crowd below you might not be offended if someone calls you a lunatick, but if you just got dx'ed with schizophrenia, you would probably be totally offended. Words come and go and idiot used to be a perfectly acceptable word to call retarded people, oops, mentally handicapped, oops, intellectually disabled. Not so much now.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-10-2012, 05:52 AM
 
7,349 posts, read 8,326,580 times
Reputation: 4521
over here when someone is seen as not being all there , they are refered to as " not being the full schilling "
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-10-2012, 05:55 AM
 
Location: Illinois
2,415 posts, read 2,483,019 times
Reputation: 336
Default Two U.S. Senator are lunatics

Quote:
Originally Posted by Baldrick View Post
I thought this might interest a few people.

BBC News - How offensive is the word 'lunatic'?

"Two US senators have proposed to excise the word "lunatic" from federal law, calling it outdated and offensive. What are the word's origins and why is it so offensive?
The word "lunatic" has been codified into US law so long it has outlasted its currency in the psychiatric profession."
They are playing to the LUNaTICS. Time to sent them home, only trouble is the lunatics send them there.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-10-2012, 05:58 AM
 
1,846 posts, read 2,563,406 times
Reputation: 5527
It's not offensive - unrealistic people are. Aren't we all sick and tired of political correctness?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-10-2012, 03:17 PM
 
2,399 posts, read 2,759,770 times
Reputation: 1204
Quote:
Originally Posted by LivingDeadGirl View Post
It's not offensive - unrealistic people are. Aren't we all sick and tired of political correctness?
Amen, LivingDeadGirl!
Besides, he who denies his insanity is the least sane of all!
(Insert she/her if you feel the need.)

Someone went by the name "Lunatic" & I asked him why...he explained how it's from "lunar" - moon...
The moon reflects light from the sun even in the darkest nights.

I thought that was cool!
I'd never thought of lunatic like that before.
And now I'm in the mood for a lunatic song...


billy joel - you may be right - YouTube
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-10-2012, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Love, Epicenter
399 posts, read 522,180 times
Reputation: 385
Quote:
Originally Posted by SuperSoul View Post
Amen, LivingDeadGirl!
Besides, he who denies his insanity is the least sane of all!
(Insert she/her if you feel the need.)

Someone went by the name "Lunatic" & I asked him why...he explained how it's from "lunar" - moon...
The moon reflects light from the sun even in the darkest nights.

I thought that was cool!
I'd never thought of lunatic like that before.
And now I'm in the mood for a lunatic song...


billy joel - you may be right - YouTube
I thought about that song when I saw the title of this thread.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-10-2012, 06:37 PM
 
5,546 posts, read 8,855,099 times
Reputation: 2770
Quote:
Originally Posted by Baldrick View Post
I thought this might interest a few people.

BBC News - How offensive is the word 'lunatic'?

"Two US senators have proposed to excise the word "lunatic" from federal law, calling it outdated and offensive. What are the word's origins and why is it so offensive?
The word "lunatic" has been codified into US law so long it has outlasted its currency in the psychiatric profession."
I did not read the article (but I'm going to as soon as I post this), but I'm willing to bet $100 that the two senators are republicans. They are tired of hearing the truth - and being referred to as lunatics.

Ok, I was half right. I understand a Democrat and compassion and wanting not to use perjorative language. BUT, this isn't about politics, right?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-10-2012, 07:06 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
8,712 posts, read 10,291,602 times
Reputation: 7553
A lot of people like to wave the 'down with political correctness' banner as a way to say just about anything to a person and get away with it. I don't buy it. If you're gonna insult somebody, own it.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-10-2012, 07:08 PM
 
5,546 posts, read 8,855,099 times
Reputation: 2770
Quote:
Originally Posted by Doll Eyes View Post
A lot of people like to wave the 'down with political correctness' banner as a way to say just about anything to a person and get away with it. I don't buy it. If you're gonna insult somebody, own it.
I'm sorry, but I don't understand this.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Health and Wellness > Mental Health
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2020, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top