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Witzelsucht

Posted in Unusual medical terms with tags , , on May 15, 2008 by Dr. CJ

I came across this term when doing a trivia “game” on medical terms.  I got a kick out of it.  It’s obviously of German origin, and I enjoy a lot of the original meaning contained in foreign words, though they unfortunately lose a lot in translation.  I’m not up on my German any more to offer any insight on this one, but it literally translates to “joke seeking”.

Definition (from the trivia game):  A mental condition characterized by the making of poor jokes and puns. 

Definition (from Dictionary.com): excessive facetiousness and inappropriate or pointless humor especially when considered as part of an abnormal condition.

There’s also a decent little entry on Wikipedia, which confirms what I found in my quick review of the medical literature when I did a search for that term.

That was a fun, mindless diversion, even though it was still medically related.