February 05, 2013

"Are you guys paranoid that background checks might become universal?"

Not commenting on the issue at hand (though I happen to agree with Jacob Sullum) but rather on the use of the word "paranoid" by the Huffington Post's interviewer. She seems to be using it as a synonym for "worried" or "concerned." (You can watch the whole thing here if you want.)

Is this common? If so, I'm a bit paranoid that we may soon lose our heretofore straightforward way of distinguishing the paranoid schizophrenic from the common worry-wart. Actually, I'm paranoid that civilization itself is doomed, but that's a whole nother psychosis altogether.

Posted by Dr. Frank at February 5, 2013 04:22 AM