One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Janet became hysterical and began screaming’
overwrought, emotional, uncontrolled, uncontrollable, out of control, unrestrained, unrestrainable, frenzied, in a frenzy, frantic, wild, feverish
beside oneself, driven to distraction, in a panic, agitated, neurotic
mad, crazed, berserk, maniac, maniacal, manic, delirious, unhinged, deranged, out of one's mind, out of one's wits, raving
informal in a state
British informal swivel-eyed
2‘her attempts to teach them to dance were hysterical’
hilarious, uproarious, very funny, very amusing, comical, comic, farcical
hysterically funny, side-splitting, rib-tickling, killing, killingly funny, screamingly funny, a scream, a hoot, a laugh, a barrel of laughs, a laugh a minute
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