In the past, we have already reported about the antiquated word »lunatic«, which derives from the Latin »lunatus« and originally means »influenced by the Moon«. This term »lunatic« has been used in the English language, over several centuries for many forms of mental illnesses.
This is now coming to an end in America. The US Congress recently agreed that the word »lunatic« will be replaced in all federal legislation and its use will be banned. The respective bill is currently with President Barack Obama for his signature.
Surely, there are more important subjects during these economically difficult times, than putting an outdated word to rest. To that, there were also various critical voices. Nevertheless, everyone is of the opinion that no word can be officially condoned, which has a direct or indirect discriminating effect on people with mental health problems. It seems to have been understood particularly, that it is not the Moon’s fault!
Consequently, we congratulate this good deed. The fact that wondrous things continue to happen at the full moon, remains to all of us …