"Morbid" refers to a concern about death or illness, and typically refers to the person's own death. On the other hand, "pathological" refers to the quality of producing harm to others. I'll grant you these are approximations, but they're essentially correct. When we speak of persons with socially dangerous personalities we say "psychoPATHS or socioPATHS" while those who are continually worrying about their own death, we say they have"morbid personalities".

Similarly, we speak of dangerous bacteria or viruses as pathogens, not morbidogens.

Accordingly, if Thom wants to characterize the uber-rich as dangerous, the term "pathologically rich" is a more apt descriptor than "morbidly rich."

Granted, a rose by any other name...


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zapdam. 1 year 45 weeks ago

Pathological is correct because these people are mentally ill. An example the Koch brothers both are in their mid to late seventies and their estimated wealth exceeds 100 billion dollars and even though they'd both be hard pressed to live another ten years, 100 thousand million dollars isn't enough. And what's worse they're so wealthy and powerful, they're literally destroying the planet to add to that wealth they'll never ever be able to spend, that's a sickness.

As for Thom's description of the wealthy being 'Morbidly' rich, it is certainly the wrong term to use to describe these extremely wealthy buggers. 99.9% of almost everything that comes out of Thom's month I agree with, but not this one. America without Thom's astute brilliance, compassion and kindness America would be much lesser place.

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Alberto Ceras 2 1 year 44 weeks ago

Poor Thom, so dumb you smart buggers have to correct him. Maybe first off you should check Webster's definition along with some of the examples.


But just maybe there are more important issues. The M.E.?

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