Date: Thu, 25 Apr 1996 16:59:25 -0500 From: "Kathleen M. O'Neill" Subject: Hysterical? Am I the only person who uses "hysterical" to mean "really funny"? I just found this definition on Webster's on the web... >hys.te.ria or \his-'ter-e--*, -'tir-\ \-'ter-ik\ > \-'ter-i-k*l\ \-i-k(*-)le-\ n [NL, fr. E hysteric, adj., fr. L hystericus > of the womb, fr. Gk ]hysterikos, fr. hystera womb; fr. the former notion > that hysteric women were suffering from disturbances of the womb 1: a > psychoneurosis marked by emotional excitability and disturbances of the > psychic, sensory, vasomotor, and visceral functions 2: unmanageable fear or > emotional excess - hys.ter.ic n So I'm wondering about that. Also, the question that sparked this inquiry is what would be the female genitalia equivalent of "phallic"? Is there such a thing? (A word, that is.) Thanks! ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; ;Kathleen M. O'Neill ... Language Laboratory Technician I ; ;koneil1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] ... u55354[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] ; ;:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::; ;University of Illinois at Chicago ... Language Laboratory ; ;703 South Morgan Street (M/C 042) ... Grant Hall, Room 311 ; ;Chicago, IL 60607-7025 ; ;312.996.8838 or 312.996.8836 ... 312.996.5501 FAX ; ;URL: ; ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;