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The word pathological is usually used to describe a prolific liar. Is this incorrect? What exactly does pathological mean, pertaining to pathology?
Submitted by Eoin O'Loughlin (Sydney - Australia)
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The 'liar' version is a weak use of the technical pathological, meaming grossly abnormal in properties or behaviour
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