My Word! July 1

Hebephrenia

he·​be·​phre·​nia

Noun

  1. a form of schizophrenia characterized especially by incoherence, delusions lacking an underlying theme, and affect that is usually flat, inappropriate, or silly
  2. a form of dementia occurring at puberty

 

Joaquim Phoenix received the Best Actor award in part for how well he depicted hebephrenia in “The Joker”.

This one comes from a German word with the second meaning above, but by 1871 it had come to have the first meaning above.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email