13/03/17 The Difference between Mad and Angry

The Difference between Mad and Angry

Quick Writing Tip
The use of mad to mean ‘angry’ dates back to at least 1300, but there was a movement in the early twentieth century to limit its definition to ‘insane.’ Since it carries a negative connotation, its use in that sense is limited. It’s a perfectly proper term for angry, but since it’s been stigmatized it should probably be avoided in formal writing.