One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Mad or eccentric.‘during the night a camel went magnoon and chased round the lines’
- ‘I showed him my revolver and told him if they went magnoon again we should shoot.’
- ‘Their language, when a camel went mangoon, was simply shocking.’
- ‘Oh, Nadia is magnoon, crazy.’
- ‘Over this interesting discovery they fairly went magnoon.’
- ‘I know he's magnoon these days but he was the best and probably always will be.’
- ‘He is magnoon with anger, and will speak with none but you.’
Late 19th century: from Egyptian Arabic majnūn ‘possessed’, a word encountered by British troops during the Siege of Khartoum and subsequently widely used by Australian troops during the First World War.
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