Berserk
   From Norse mythology has come the word berserk, meaning "deranged" or "raging" or "crazed." Berserk, a legendary Norse hero of the eighth century, .always went into battle without armor and was famed for the savagery and reckless fury with which he fought. In old Scandinavian, ber-serk probably meant "bear-shirt," that is, one clothed only in his shirt and not protected by armor or heavy clothing. Berserk's twelve sons, who like their father fought ferociously and recklessly, were called Berserkers. Later berserker was applied to a class of heathen warriors who were supposed to be able to assume the form of bears and wolves. Dressed in furs, these lycanthropic creatures were believed to fall into a frenzied rage, foam at the mouth, bite their shields, and growl like wild beasts. They were dreaded for their prodigious strength and apparent invulnerability to fire and iron. To go berserk is to go into a frenzy of rage or to be frenetically violent.
   Alphonse Bertillon (1853-1914) was born in Paris. Although he had no scientific training, he became the chief of the Department of Identification in the prefecture of police of the Seine, at Paris. In that capacity he designed an identification method known as anthropometry (but better known as Bertillonage) that was used with extraordinary results throughout France. His system, which he described in his book Anthropologie metrique et photographique, incorporated the classification of skeletal and other measurements and a complete physical description — color

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  • berserk — meaning ‘wild, frenzied’, is now mostly confined to the expression to go berserk. It is in origin a Norse word for a warrior who fought with wild fury. Berserk may be pronounced either bǝ zerk or bǝ serk, although the first is now more common …   Modern English usage

  • Berserk — Ber*serk (b[ e]r*s[ e]rk ; b[ e]r*z[ e]rk ; b[ e]r s[ e]rk) a. [See {berserk}, n.] frenzied; crazed; usually in predicate position. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Berserk — Ber serk, Berserker Ber serk*er, n. [Icel. berserkr.] 1. (Scand. Myth.) One of a class of legendary heroes, who fought frenzied by intoxicating liquors, and naked, regardless of wounds. Longfellow. [1913 Webster] 2. One who fights as if frenzied …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • berserk — index frenetic Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • berserk — [adj] crazed crazy, demented, deranged, insane, mad, maniacal, manic, violent; concept 403 …   New thesaurus

  • berserk — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ out of control; wild and frenzied. ► NOUN (also berserker) ▪ an ancient Norse warrior who fought with frenzy. ORIGIN Old Norse, probably from bjorn bear + serkr coat , or possibly from berr bare (i.e. without armour) …   English terms dictionary

  • berserk — [bər sʉrk′, bərzʉrk′; bəsʉrk′] n. [see BERSERKER] a berserker adj., adv. in or into a state of violent or destructive rage or frenzy …   English World dictionary

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