Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1A mental disorder in which a person repeatedly feigns severe illness so as to obtain hospital treatment.
- ‘The notes would also have shown that he had Munchausen's syndrome - a mental disorder in which the patient tries to obtain hospital treatment for an illness that does not exist.’
- ‘Patients with Munchausen's syndrome - named for an 18 th-century German baron known for his outlandish tales - fake illness to gain attention.’
- ‘Only a minority of parents who deliberately harm their children have exhibited features of Munchausen's syndrome themselves and little is known about the psychopathology underlying the fabrication of illness in older children.’
- ‘This patient appears to fit the criteria of Munchausen's syndrome as well.’
- ‘People with Munchausen's syndrome often go from doctor to doctor and gain admission into many hospitals.’
- 1.1A mental disorder in which a person seeks attention by inducing or feigning illness in another person, typically a child.
- ‘Factitious disorder by proxy, also known as Munchausen's syndrome by proxy, is characterized by a caregiver (often a mother) fabricating or inducing illness in her charge in order to attract medical attention.’
- ‘Some of the mothers were accused of having Munchausen's syndrome by proxy.’
- ‘The first appeals by parents whose children were taken from them after medical experts diagnosed Munchausen's syndrome by proxy began today.’
- ‘Furthermore, the social workers said, Anamarie might be a victim of Munchausen's syndrome by proxy - a psychological disorder that causes parents to harm their children in order to draw attention to themselves.’
- ‘Among them was the trial of a nurse diagnosed with Munchausen's syndrome by proxy, who received 13 life sentences for killing four children and injuring nine other patients.’
Munchausen's syndrome/ˈˌmo͝onCHouzənz ˈsinˌdrōm/
Are you looking for a word for a foolish person? We explore twelve interesting words to describe the dunderheads in your life.
Before you run for the hills, let’s run through a list of ‘run’ expressions that are running through our minds.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.