April 26, 2019
Word of the Week--"frenzy"
|Definition--A state of wild
agitation or excitement, also a mania or craze. |
|Discussion--Being worked into a
frenzy can have its advantages in competition, but is usually not a
positive thing in everyday life. A feeding frenzy, for example, has no
positive benefit in an environment with food to spare, but can be quite
beneficial to piranhas, hyenas, and the like whose meals are few and far
between and who are in constant competition to get any food at all.
Frenzy is also the title of a 1972 Alfred Hitchcock film about a
crazed necktie killer in modern London. This black, comic film was not one
of Hitchcock's best, but it does aptly define the term via example.
|Etymology--Frenzy comes from
Middle English frensie, from the Old French and Medieval Latin
phrenesia, which is from the Latin phrenesis. Frenzy is a
back formation from the Latin phreneticus for frenetic, the
adjectival form of frenzy. Phreneticus, meaning delirious, is an
alteration of the Greek phrenitikos, meaning an inflammation of the
The French, Italian, and Spanish languages below show similar roots.
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