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US Congress bans word 'lunatic'

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:10 PM

The sharply divided US Congress has been able to agree on one thing at least - that the world "lunatic" should be banned.

The House of Representatives voted 398-1 on Wednesday to strike the term from all federal legislation, after the Senate did the same in May.

The measure is designed to remove language that has become outdated or demeaning from the US code.

The bill will now go to President Barack Obama for his signature.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...canada-20628988

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:11 PM

Well it's good that they're focusing on the important issues. :rolleyes:

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:14 PM

So what do they call themselves now then?

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:17 PM

View Postealdwita, on 06 December 2012 - 05:14 PM, said:

So what do they call themselves now then?

:tu:

I think they either can't spell it or are tired of hearing it yelled at them.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:17 PM

View Postealdwita, on 06 December 2012 - 05:14 PM, said:

So what do they call themselves now then?
They'll just have to find another word suitable for them :P

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:25 PM

Well that's no fun. ):

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:27 PM

May I be blunt ?
Are they ******* kidding ? What's a bunch of utter ******* *******s.
I cannot even fathom how congress has anything to do with a word in the dictionary .
Would their witty bitty feelings get hurt ,if someone said,you people are lunatics ?
And if its BANNED ,can we now go to jail if we dare utter it,or type it .
Will idiot secret service men show up on my door if I LUNATIC LUNATIC LUNATIC .
Unbelievable .
This country is run by *******  MORONS .I certainly hope MORONS ,remains in the dictionary .

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:33 PM

View PostCuriousGreek, on 06 December 2012 - 05:17 PM, said:

They'll just have to find another word suitable for them :P

I have a few suggestions.....(in a few different languages too!)

"G a wyrd swa hio scel, ac gecnwan n gef!": "Fate goes ever as she shall, but know thine enemy!".

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:41 PM

View PostSimbi Laveau, on 06 December 2012 - 05:27 PM, said:

May I be blunt ?
Are they ******* kidding ? What's a bunch of utter ******* *******s.
I cannot even fathom how congress has anything to do with a word in the dictionary .
Would their witty bitty feelings get hurt ,if someone said,you people are lunatics ?
And if its BANNED ,can we now go to jail if we dare utter it,or type it .
Will idiot secret service men show up on my door if I LUNATIC LUNATIC LUNATIC .
Unbelievable .
This country is run by *******  MORONS .I certainly hope MORONS ,remains in the dictionary .

Perhaps you should calm down and read carefully before you blow a gasket. I know it's easier to just read what you want into things, but it's really better to read. In the part Still Waters quoted, it clearly states the word is being banned from federal legislation. I don't see anything wrong with this action as it is well and truly an outdated term. After all, asylums are no longer in existence and I daresay most of us think of one when we think of the other.

Personally, I've never associated the word lunatic with members of Congress. Childish... juvenile... and other words that would get starred out on this forum are words I use to describe those people.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:46 PM

View PostLady Kasey, on 06 December 2012 - 05:41 PM, said:



Perhaps you should calm down and read carefully before you blow a gasket. I know it's easier to just read what you want into things, but it's really better to read. In the part Still Waters quoted, it clearly states the word is being banned from federal legislation. I don't see anything wrong with this action as it is well and truly an outdated term. After all, asylums are no longer in existence and I daresay most of us think of one when we think of the other.

Personally, I've never associated the word lunatic with members of Congress. Childish... juvenile... and other words that would get starred out on this forum are words I use to describe those people.

It's still moronic ,that they have to sit and legislate ,using tax dollars ,on a WORD .
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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:56 PM

Thank gosh, the US government is finally doing something... That no one really cares about nor does it actually do something but... they tried?

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:56 PM

View PostSimbi Laveau, on 06 December 2012 - 05:46 PM, said:

It's still moronic ,that they have to sit and legislate ,using tax dollars ,on a WORD .
MORONS
i agree. why not just stop using the word? how about make someone put a dollar in the pickle jar every time they accidently utter it?

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:00 PM

View PostLady Kasey, on 06 December 2012 - 05:41 PM, said:

Personally, I've never associated the word lunatic with members of Congress. Childish... juvenile... and other words that would get starred out on this forum are words I use to describe those people.

I've described them as a bunch of shouting, screaming, feces flinging monkeys before.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:06 PM

Ha!!! That's funny. I realize this was with regards to federal terminolgy.

On a more serious note, I have noticed certain psychiatric disorder names having been changed to reflect both a more compassionate terminology stance with the patient, as well as recognizing advances in psychiatric care.

"Lunatic", "Moron" and "Idiot" were once very common terms years ago to describe certain patients.
Not sure, but I think the term "manic-depressive" has been replaced several years ago by "bi-polar disorder" for example.
And again, not sure, but I think the term "schizophrenia" has also been replaced in the lastest psych manual with the term "dissociative-disorder"

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:06 PM

Its a proud day to be an American.  thats for sure.





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