Wednesday, June 6, 2012

It’s that time again!!

Drum roll, please….

Today’s word is “manic”. Let’s begin our word journey.

From Merriam-Webster:

Manic: affected with, relating to, characterized by, or resulting from mania (we’ll look at mania a little further down)

From Online Etymology Dictionary:

Manic (adjective): “pertaining to or affected with mania,” 1902, from mania + -ic. The clinical term manic depressive also is from 1902; manic depression is first attested 1903.

And from my favourite “street” source, Urban Dictionary:

Manic, by larry says hi:
1. Someone who is manic depressive – “I’m feelin so manic today.”
2. Something that is insanely cool – “That concert was totally manic.”
3. A member of the band Manic Street Preachers – “Who is your favourite manic?”

From manic ayla:
the tendency to become easily obsessed with anything and everything you come in contact with (books, movies, music, boys, etc.)
that is a good thing, as it makes you far more interesting and fun to be around.
often found among nerds. (this is Holly – so that means all nerds are now far more interesting and fun to be around. nerd kind arise!)
“Gosh, that girl is so manic! She’s totally stalking that guy.”
“Have you heard that new band, The Spill Canvas? I’m totally manic about them.

By Sonic:
Sonic’s brother in the TV show Sonic Underground. He is a green hedgehog. 
“Sonic, Sonia, and Manic are the children of Queen Aleena.”

 To be thorough, I went and did a little research on the term “mania” since it is the root of manic.
1: excitement manifested by mental and physical hyperactivity, disorganization of behavior, and elevation of mood; specifically: the manic phase of bipolar disorder
“She would typically experience a period of mania and then suddenly become deeply depressed.”
a: excessive or unreasonable enthusiasm <a mania for saving things> —often used in combination
“The entire city has been gripped by baseball mania.”
b: the object of such enthusiasm
ie – Beatlemania, Wrestlemania, etc.
A look at the history of the term, mania, from Online Etymology:
mania (noun.) late 14th century., “mental derangement characterized by excitement and delusion,” from Late Latin – mania “insanity, madness,” from Greek. mania “madness, frenzy; enthusiasm, inspired frenzy; mad passion, fury,” related to mainesthai “to rage, go mad,” mantis “seer,” menos “passion, spirit,” all from Proto-Indo-European *men- “to think, to have one’s mind aroused, rage, be furious” (seemind (n.)). Sense of “fad, craze” is 1680s, from French. manie in this sense. Sometimes nativized in Middle English as manye. Used since 1500s (in imitation of Greek) as the second element in compounds expressing particular types of madness (cf. nymphomania, 1775; kleptomania, 1830; megalomania, 1890).
There you have it! Today’s post has been brought to you by the letter M.
M is for Manic, Mania and Madhouse!!

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2 Responses to Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  1. Just caught up with this today, Holly. Been “out” from blogging for a bit, but I think I’m back on track. When I first saw this, I thought the word was going to be “maniac”, ha, ha! I’m “laughing” because I thought, “perfect for me!” LOL. Anyhow, very interesting, as always. Where did you get the drawing?

  2. Holly says:

    I don’t remember where I got the drawing from. I thought I hotlinked it to the site but it appears I did not. Thanks for pointing that out. I`ll have to rectify that right away.

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