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Mayber usage varies across regions (and generations)? I am quite familiar with it, both in Hungarian and German, though in both, primary usage was for top bureaucrats and leaders under 'communism'. According to what I found with a little Googling, the usage may originate withg Wolf Biermann.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Jun 7th, 2007 at 01:52:38 PM EST
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