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Thread #132499   Message #4069752
Posted By: leeneia
26-Aug-20 - 07:00 PM
Thread Name: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
I've just identified another peeve: insane. "Insane" seems to be the go-to adjective for lazy minds. In the last few days I've seen it used to describe the following:

- a photograph of Saturn and its rings
- the remarkable sight of 250,000 snow geese taking off for the south
- an airline insisting a passenger wear a mask

I think that insane is too valuable a word to be thrown around carelessly like this. We need a word which means "out of his mind but not medically mentally ill."