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Word of the Day 25/7/10 歇斯底里

buanryoh

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歇斯底里

Hysteria, Hysterical

According to Nciku this word is a noun, however a quick glance at google search results will tell you that this word often finds itself acting as an adverb:

昨天她和一个售货员歇斯底里地大吵了一顿。

Yesterday she argued hysterically with a salesman.

歇斯底里 can also be used as an adjective or verb:

有时候很歇斯底里不知道怎么了

很歇斯底里

Can you think of any synonyms of this word?



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semantic nuance

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莫名其妙 and 翻臉不認人 and 翻臉比翻書還快. But they are slightly different in contexts.

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I am aware it means 子宫 in ancient Greek. But how many native English speakers know that or think of womb when they use the word?

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You are right, not too many, except those who take exception to the use of a word that they deem as sexist. Please note that I posted "I would be very careful".

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You are right, not too many, except those who take exception to the use of a word that they deem as sexist. Please note that I posted "I would be very careful".

I'm glad you mentioned it as I'm very interested in the etymology of English words as well.

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