Understand “Delirium” through Etymology 

The Etymology of “Delirium”

The word “delirium” comes etymologically from a farm metaphor. The! Latin root is “lir“, meaning the ridge between two furrows. Those who’ve walked on these would know that ridges are rather hard to walk on, and tend to be cruel to body balance. 

Building on the above metaphor, a state of delirium is one wherein the mind is thrown off balance, so to speak, possibly by a strong fever, or intoxication, etc. 

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