One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she was throwing a fit of screaming hysterics’
hysteria, wildness, feverishness, irrationality, frenzy, loss of control, loss of reason
neurosis, delirium, derangement, mania, distress, mental distress
British the screaming abdabs, the screaming habdabs
2‘this started them both giggling and they fled upstairs in hysterics’
fits of laughter, gales of laughter, peals of laughter, uncontrollable laughter, convulsions, fits, guffawing, howling
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