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US Congress bans word ‘lunatic’

The US Capitol is seen in this photo taken in Washington on Dec. 18 last year.

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The sharply divided US Congress has been able to agree on one thing at least — that the word “lunatic” should be banned.

The House of Representatives voted 398-1 on Dec. 5 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The measure is designed to remove language that has become outdated or demeaning from the US code.

Senator Kent Conrad, one of the sponsors of the measure, said:”Federal law should reflect the 21st Century understanding of mental illness and disease, and that the continued use of this pejorative term has no place in the US code.”

The only “no” vote came from Texas congressman Louie Gohmert, who said it was madness for lawmakers to waste time on such a measure when more high-profile issues loomed, such as the federal debt.

“Not only should we not eliminate the word ‘lunatic’ from federal law when the most pressing issue of the day is saving our country from bankruptcy,” said Rep Gohmert in a statement. “We should use the word to describe the people who want to continue with business as usual in Washington.”

(Liberty Times)










1. lunatic n. adj.

瘋子;瘋的;愚蠢的 (feng1 zi5; feng1 de5; yu2 chun3 de5)

例: You must bear the consequences of your lunatic decision.


2. demeaning adj.

貶低的 (bian3 di1 de5)

例: He was criticized for using the demeaning word “retarded.”


3. loom v.

迫近 (po4 jin4)

例: We are facing the looming threat of a double-dip recession.


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