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Posted by Zimra on October 12, 2002 at 20:08:24:

In reply to: Re: How? posted by Maureen on October 12, 2002 at 15:52:50:

:Outside of that, its use is just careless bantering
: about of the English language and who knows what the person meant

For the sake of clarity and correctness:

From the Webster's Universal Encyclopedic Dictionary,
ISBN 0-7607-2911-5 (page 1325)

Paranoid: ADJECTIVE (first reported usage 1904)
1: characterized by or resembling paranoia
2: characterized by suspiciousness, persecutory trends, or megalomania
3: extremely fearful

Standard English usage is *not* a mere bandying about of terms. Many
English words have more than one meaning or reference. Usage of a
term which has a medical (psychiatric) definition (e.g. paranoia,
insomnia, depression, phobia) is commonly followed by the citation of
the DSM-IV, when the medical definition and not the common english
usage is the point of referral.

Zimra, grammar and usage buff.
[Buff originally meant a person who was enthusiastic about going to
fires; it has degenerated (loss of specificity) in usage to refer to
any fan or enthusiast.]


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