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mad . gemædde (pl.) "out of one's mind" (usually implying also violent excitement), also "foolish," earlier gemæded "rendered insane," pp. of a lost verb *gemædan "to make insane or foolish" (related to gemad "mad"), from . *ga-maid-jan, demonstrative form of *ga-maid-az "changed (for the worse), abnormal" (cf. gimed "foolish," . gimeit "foolish, vain, boastful," Goth. gamaiþs "crippled, wounded," . meiða "to hurt, maim"), from intensive prefix *ga- + PIE *moito-, pp. of base *mei- "to change" (cf. L. mutare "to change," mutuus "done in exchange," ... migrare "to change one's place of residence;" see mutable). Emerged in . to replace the more usual . word, wod (see wood (adj.)). Sense of "beside oneself with excitement or enthusiasm" is from early 14c. Meaning "beside oneself with anger" is attested from , but deplored by Rev. John Witherspoon (1781) as an Americanism, and now competes in . with angry for this sense. Of dogs, "affected with rabies," from 1800. Phrase mad as a March hare is attested from 1520s, via notion of breeding season; mad as a hatter (1857) is said to be from erratic behavior caused by prolonged exposure to poison mercuric nitrate, used in making felt hats. Mad as a wet hen is from 1823. Mad money is attested from 1922; mad scientist is from 1940.

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