Good article! I had no idea about peanut gallery, and although I don’t use that term often. I will have to go do some research on that. Fortunately, I only seem to use hysterical to mean roaringly funny (and not very often, at that), because I was aware of a lot of what you’ve said about the origins of the word. But the full story was even weirder and more condescending than even I knew. The only good thing that came out of all of that was the invention of the vibrator!

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