English Dictionary
◊ DID YOU MEAN HYSTERICAL NEUROSIS?
hysterical neurosis
n : characterized by violent emotional outbreaks and
disturbances of sensory and motor functions [syn: {hysteria}]
English Computing Dictionary
◊ HYSTERICAL REASONS
hysterical reasons
(Or "hysterical raisins") A variant on the stock phrase "for
historical reasons", indicating specifically that something
must be done in some stupid way for backwards compatibility,
and moreover that the feature it must be compatible with was
the result of a bad design in the first place. "All IBM PC
video adaptors have to support MDA text mode for hysterical
reasons." Compare {bug-for-bug compatible}.
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