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Mental Illness vs. Mental Disease
Posted: 24 October 2007 07:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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Thanks to all for the interesting, if at times off-topic, replies.  The OED first use information is especially helpful, and confirms my prior suspicions that mental illness is not a product of pulitical kerrectitude, though that may explain a portion of the preference for it. 

My user name was taken from something by Julio Cort├ízar I read in the late 1960s.  It’s not in the Diccionario de la RAE, so I’ll have to take your
word for my presumed condition.  My Peruvian colleagues confirm your apprehensions.

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Posted: 24 October 2007 10:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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Pay no attention to the idiot who called you names; I hope he/she/it has been banned by now.  I presumed your name was a variant of cuchufleta, but I’d be curious to know which Cortazar piece you found it in.

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Posted: 27 October 2007 05:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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Thanks Languagehat.  Dim memories of learning Spanish, and attempting to read Rayuela, in about 1968. 
We are way off topic, but I think Cort├ízar, a true master, wasn’t using the supposed Peruvian sense, or
cuchufleta, but something more in the neighborhood of cuchufletear (also not listed in the DRAE).  I take
J.C.’s usage to be something towards joker or prankster.  That’s certainly consistent with cuchufleta.

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