\ \ [14] Frantic comes via Old French frenetique and Latin phreneticus from late Greek phrenētikús, a derivative of phrenítisdelirium’.
\ \ This in turn was based on Greek phrénmind’ (source also of English phrenologystudy of cranial bumps to determine intelligence, character, etc’ [19]). The Old French form split into two virtually distinct words once English got hold of it: in one, the French three-syllable form was preserved, and even partially remodelled on its Latin ancestor, to give what has become modern English phrenetic, while in the other it was reduced to frentik which, for reasons that have never been satisfactorily explained, subsequently became frantic. The related noun frenzy [14] retains the original vowel.

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.


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