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 Mad Poet (The).Madame. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Mad as a Hatter.
 
By some said to be a corruption of “Mad as an atter” (adder); but evidence is wanting. The word adder is atter in Saxon, natter in German.   1
 


 Mad Poet (The).Madame. 

 
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