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#1 Guest_LeChatNinjah_*

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:23 PM

Taking it off FB because no one agrees with me except Badge, who is clearly terribly intelligent.

I KNOW the terms "mad" and "angry" are colloquially used interchangeably.  It has been pointed out to me that most of the world's major dictionaries agree, using the proviso "colloquial" or "informal".

I still don't like, it, won't use it and pull my kids up on using it.

I will never admit that I'm wrong, because it's my choice whether or not to use certain colloquial terms, but I'm interested to find out if there is one other single human being on the planet besides my middle child and Badger who agrees with me.

Anyone?



#2 BadCat

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:25 PM

Will it make you mad if I don't agree?  Or merely angry.

#3 **Xena**

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:27 PM

QUOTE (BadCat @ 03/12/2012, 10:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Will it make you mad if I don't agree?  Or merely angry.


I used p*ssed Off but then that also can mean something else can't it!



#4 Ange remplie

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:27 PM

Ninjah, you know I'm happy to polemicise on purist hobby-horses with the best of them, but I think the horse has bolted here.

#5 Eirlys

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:28 PM

QUOTE (BadCat @ 03/12/2012, 10:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Will it make you mad if I don't agree?  Or merely angry.


Ha!

So I can understand your fury, what (to you) is the difference in the meanings of the words?

#6 Prioritising Pooks

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:34 PM

They mean different things. I will use "mad" when appropriate, but I don't think it applies every time that "angry" would apply, IYKWIM.

But when people use it, you know what they mean, therefore it was used correctly. All language has to do is communicate, so if it does, it's right.

#7 Gudrun

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:35 PM

You, of course, can say whatever you like but the use of 'mad' to mean 'angry' is now firmly entrenched. Even in the olden days we could get 'hopping mad' about something and remain clinically sane.

Edited by Gudrun, 03 December 2012 - 09:38 PM.


#8 Guest_LeChatNinjah_*

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:37 PM

Nothing makes me "mad" unless I go off my meds for too long  wink.gif

Pooks, you say you'll use mad when appropriate.  When is it appropriate in your opinion?


#9 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:44 PM

Do you want me to drag out the etymology again?  wink.gif

#10 Eirlys

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:45 PM

Lechatninja j'aime votre nom. And I agree they do mean two different things.

#11 BadgerBasher

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:45 PM

Being the Badger referred to above, I am 100% with the Ninjahkitty.

Mad and angry are different! Different, I say!

#12 fancie shmancie

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:48 PM



When I use them, "angry" is well, angry.  Mad?  For me to describe an angry person as 'he/she was really "mad"' indicates that there was a lack of control to their anger and a certain level of 'unhingedness' iykwim.

#13 Guest_LeChatNinjah_*

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:49 PM

Funny, Fancie, when I asked my 16 yr old DS if he thought there was a difference he came up with a similar response.

And Balzac, stop changing your ****ing UN, will yah!



#14 Prioritising Pooks

Posted 04 December 2012 - 11:11 AM

QUOTE (LeChatNinjah @ 03/12/2012, 10:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nothing makes me "mad" unless I go off my meds for too long  wink.gif

Pooks, you say you'll use mad when appropriate.  When is it appropriate in your opinion?


Yes I agree, where there is a lack of rationality as well as anger. Such as when my DP's parent's dog goes "off". That dog doesn't just get angry, he goes mad!

#15 cinnabubble

Posted 04 December 2012 - 01:09 PM

At home I use "cross" and escalate to "angry". I only use "mad" when preceded by "you're driving me". Probably not quite what you wanted to hear.




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