Friday, July 29, 2005

Puritanical Hysteria

pu·ri·tan·i·cal (pyr-tn-kl)
adj.1. Rigorous in religious observance; marked by stern morality.2. Puritanical Of, relating to, or characteristic of the Puritans.

hys·ter·i·a (h-str-, -stîr-)
n.1. Behavior exhibiting excessive or uncontrollable emotion, such as fear or panic.
2. A mental disorder characterized by emotional excitability and sometimes by amnesia or a physical deficit, such as paralysis, or a sensory deficit, without an organic cause.

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