I had been watching the news this morning with some amusement when the title of this article was posted: The Mystery of History.
I was shocked to read that the word “mad” had been in use since at least the late 19th century.
What did this mean?
Well, for one thing, it was used as a noun, meaning someone who was crazy.
It was also used as an adjective meaning someone with a bad temper, or “mad as hell”, to describe someone who would go crazy.
So the word was first used as part of a verb, meaning to become mad, or to become upset or angry.
But in fact, it dates back at least to 1769, when English scholar William Thomas Johnson used it to describe the crazy French revolutionary, Jacobins.
In 1823, another Englishman, Samuel Johnson, used the term in a letter to his brother-in-law, Benjamin Johnson.
“It was one of the best-kept secrets in England,” Johnson wrote.
He then used the phrase in a poem he wrote in 1842.
The word was popularized by American historian John C. Calhoun, who used it in his 1845 book, The History of the United States.
Calhoun wrote, “The term mad scientist was coined by Mr. Johnson, who in 1823 said, ‘I have been to Paris and found the world’s madest scientist, and he is a man of genius’.” The term became a synonym for the term madman, and the word is still used today to describe a person who is a bit crazy.
I am not a mad scientist, nor am I a madman.
Who invented the term?
That would be Samuel Johnson.
Johnson was one the founding fathers of the US and the world, and it was in his writings that he used the word mad to describe anyone who was not entirely sane.
Johnson wrote in his essay entitled The History and Origins of the Science of Morality: “We must not think of the mad man as a mere man with a malady; the malady he is is not himself, nor his conduct in any way, but he has a malignant soul.”
Johnson’s ideas of a madperson were popularised by William Shakespeare, who wrote a play called A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1610, in which the title character, Henry V, is a mad man.
His characters in the play are portrayed as mad, and are obsessed with the idea that Henry is the devil.
However, this was not the first time Shakespeare used the expression mad to refer to a person.
In his play, Macbeth, King Lear is described as a mad fool, and in the end he is executed.
This was not, however, the first use of the word.
There were many others that were used in the same way.
For example, the 16th century Dutch writer Johann Georg Balthasar used the words mad, madman and madman in describing a person with a mental disorder.
Mad was also a term used by the 19th-century American novelist A.A. Milne, who called his protagonist the “mad madman”.
Milne’s protagonist is obsessed with his own mental disorder, and becomes a mad woman who marries a mad priest.
Other examples of the term used in literature include Thomas Hardy’s famous poem The Mad Madmen, written in 1691.
In The Madness of Young Henry, Hardy describes a young man who is obsessed by his mental illness, and falls in love with a madwoman.
As for Johnson, he was one, and his term was popularised in 1824 by the German writer Friedrich Nietzsche.
Nietzsche also used the terms mad and madwoman in his works.
One of his most famous works, On the Genealogy of Morals, deals with a man whose obsession with being a good man has led him to commit crimes and murder.
How did the word get into the dictionary?
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) lists the word as a verb from 1688, but there is no record of anyone using the term as a singular noun, or using it in a plural form.
According to Oxford’s Oxford English Corpus, “mad”.
The OED’s definition of the verb mad:”to have a mind, inclination, or opinion, that leads one to commit or commit acts of evil or wickedness, and to commit them with reckless indifference or with a mind that is bent on committing evil or evil.”
The dictionary defines the verb to be “to take advantage of, or be able to make use of, another person, whether or not the other person is aware of it.”
So, is it true that “mad scientists” exist?
In fact, they exist.
Many scientists have published papers and articles that