Wednesday, August 15, 2012 con’t

I’ll be honest, I really didn’t feel like writing this post, but I said I would so here it is…

Head Case or Headcase

We already know what Merriam-Webster had to say about “headcase”; see yesterday’s post if you don’t know what I’m talking about. It’s possible I over reacted to Merriam-Webster‘s example of “head case” in a sentence (I’m cutting back on my meds, as recommended by the psychiatrist, so it’s likely I’m a tad more emotional than I have been in the past few years – think PMS multiplied by about 10 – yes, you should pray for my kids, and my pets). However, let’s take a look at some other resources.

From Cambridge Dictionaries Online:

a person who behaves strangely or who is very silly or violent

MacMillan Dictionary:

an insulting word for someone who you think is crazy

From Urban Dictionary:

1: A mentally unstable person who acts carelessly
2: A person who is not of sound mind.
3: A crazy, nutty, eccentric person.
That BTK dude is a real head case.

Someone who hogs the ball in basketball.
Yo man you are a true head case.
I never thought I’d see the day where Urban Dictionary had more carefully worded definitions than the “big” online resources. I don’t whether to be scared or impressed.

The only etymological information I could find was on Wiktionary:


head +‎ case

No one can ever say Wiktionary isn’t informative.

Naturally, there were some pretty disturbing images affiliated with the term “head case”; I’m choosing not to share them because, frankly, they freaked me out. However, I did find this little morsel of musical trivia:

Head Case is a “groove metal” band from York, Pennsylvania. Things that make you go “huh”.


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2 Responses to Wednesday, August 15, 2012 con’t

  1. So, why bother? It’s you blog – you make the rules. Write what you like.

  2. Holly says:

    Interesting thought…I’ll have to ponder that.

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