sclements at NEO.RR.COM
Thu Dec 25 01:33:14 UTC 1997
Obviously I'm looking for the earliest usage of the term in the US as it refers to hatters and mercury pisoning. I checked the archive. Nothing.
A discussion of some length over at Straight Dope some great time ago and a thread over at Dave Wilton's http://pub122.ezboard.com/fwordoriginsorgfrm1.showMessage?topicID=4563.topic would lead one to believe this is an old term. Is it?
We'll leave whether "mad" means "angry" or "crazy" for another day.
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