But when it happens to other people, it turns out, the practice is hysterically funny.
I mean, come on, this is the stuff of heartbreaking and hysterically funny reading, the two main ingredients for any great memoir.
Yet the Obama who hysterically declared Hurricane Irene “historic” also declared the swine flu a national emergency.
1610s, from Latin hystericus "of the womb," from Greek hysterikos "of the womb, suffering in the womb," from hystera "womb" (see uterus). Originally defined as a neurotic condition peculiar to women and thought to be caused by a dysfunction of the uterus. Meaning "very funny" (by 1939) is from the notion of uncontrollable fits of laughter. Related: Hysterically.