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#70929 - 05/22/02 09:38 PM pipe bomber
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Hebephrenic: a condition of adolescent silliness. Remember his inappropriate grin?


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#70930 - 05/24/02 05:25 AM Re: pipe bomber
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Hebephrenics in action:

A child farts in the classroom while the class listens to an exquisite excerpt from Beethoven's 9th symphony. The resultant reaction from the rest of his classmates is hebephrenic, if hebephrenic can be used as an adjective.

Hmmmm, pipe bomber is curiously appropriate here.


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#70931 - 05/24/02 05:31 AM Re: pipe bomber
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Well, smack my face and call me Sally. Look at this definition:

1. hebephrenic adj Suffering from a form of schizophrenia characterized by foolish mannerisms and senseless laughter along with delusions and regressive behavior; Synonyms: schizophrenic

http://ultralingua.net/dictionary/index.php3?letters=hebephrenic

That definitely wipes out my application to the elementary music classroom above!


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#70932 - 05/24/02 09:41 AM Re: pipe bomber
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Dear WW: No indeed. Hebephrenia does not have to be pathological, though it often is.


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#70933 - 06/13/02 04:31 PM silly grin
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Does the name "Alfred E Neuman" ring any bells?


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#70934 - 06/14/02 11:43 AM Re: pipe bomber
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Stems from Greek, hebe = youth. Hebe was also cup-bearer to the gods - was she noted for her youth? Not a medical question, just wondering. Forgive me!

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#70935 - 06/14/02 11:59 AM Re: silly grin
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Dear wofahulicodoc: Alfred E. Newman of Mad Magazine looks to me more like room temperature IQ than hebeprhrenic, which ususally has a distinctive inappropriateness in the facial expression.


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#70936 - 06/14/02 12:02 PM Re: pipe bomber
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Dear dxb: I suspect that Hebe was the role model, so that her name was applied to the type. I thought Zeus preferred male cup bearers. Divine deviation. Yuk.


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#70937 - 06/14/02 12:28 PM Re: pipe bomber
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Dear wwh,

Not sure of all his proclivities, but Zeus was married to Hera and seems to have enjoyed Leda and also Nemesis, by one or other of which he became father to Helen of Troy, supposedly hatched from an egg (swan egg?). Maybe he simply felt a godlike disdain for minor physiological differences.

dxb


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