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Mad As the generations progress throughout the years words also progress into different meanings As I began to think of a word that would fit into this schema I listened to myself and others around me talk in conversations After much debate I decided to use the word mad as a slang word with multiple meanings The Merriam-Webster Dictionary has many definitions for the word mad These would include disordered in mind insane a completely unrestrained by reason and judgment incapable of being explained or accounted for a mad decision carried away by intense anger furious carried away by enthusiasm or desire mad about the boy next door marked by wild gaiety and merriment hilarious intensely excited frantic marked by intense and often chaotic activity wild a mad scramble As you can see mad has many definitions according to the dictionary The new definition for mad that I would like to defend into Standard American English is to mean many or a lot Listening to the latest generation you can hear the word mad being used in this context For example Wow that kid has mad b-ball skills This sentence means that the speaker is expressing that the kid has a lot of skills in basketball Another way that mad can be used is for example I give you mad props In this case mad would still be used as a lot but the meaning of the sentence would be to give someone a compliment Another meaning of the word mad today is used by saying that someone has gone mental or insane For example I think that man has gone mad The word mad is also used to mean angry or upset towards someone or something especially when something has gone wrong A classic example of this would be when someone says Im so mad at him because he and the explanation would be given After checking the Oxford English Dictionary I
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