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Maddening vs. madding

Crowds can be maddening, but the traditional form of the idiom is madding crowd. Madding here bears the now-archaic sense frenzied, so a madding crowd is a frenzied crowd. The word does not survive in modern English outside this idiom. Everywhere else, it gives way to other words.

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  1. John Q Smith says:

    You say goo goo I day ga ga……………

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