Tekkactus wrote:May I recommend you call yourself mad
Why would you recommend that? He indicates that he has some form of mental instability, not that he's angry.
Oh, wait! Did you perhaps mean "mad" in the sense of "mentally unstable"? Goodness, it's easy to forget that some words may have different meanings depending on their context and the intentions of the speaker, isn't it? Gracious me.
Eh? I'm being sarcastic? Well as I recall, "sarcasm" descends from the Greek root sarkasmos
, which means "to tear the flesh". And yet I'm not literally tearing flesh, am I? It's purely metaphorical. It's almost as if one simply has to sometimes accept the general intention of the word rather than its literal meaning.
That being the case with language, it would seem that one might have to further accept that people might use a legal term in a non-legal sense in certain contexts, primarily in common conversation, without meaning for the legal component to be part of it. How could this be!
lol semantics. A minefield best avoided, yes? Concession, however, in that "insane" is indeed used as a legal term and that center of attention wackiness is totally a fair call.
Anywho, howdy there, Oddfellow. Don't mind Tekk. He's the old, crotchety, and vaguely disturbing one of the group.*clammy handshake with eye contact that goes on for just slightly too long*
We are the universe talking to itself.