|I didn't laugh maniacally when I read this, but I sort of wanted to . . .|
I googled 'maniacal' and was given this curious definition by Dictionary.com: Not being able to hear the authors laughing maniacally to themselves as they type.
Ummm. So, I was always taught that you shouldn't use the word to define the word ....
For the record I have not, as of yet, laughed maniacally when I'm typing. Smiled, yes. Chuckled, often. Snorted out loud, on occasion. Yeah, I know there's that scene in Something's Gotta Give where Diane Keaton laughs until she cries while she types out her revenge on Jack Nicholson. But in my experience I haven't gone down that road. At least, not yet.
To be frank here, I associate maniacal laughter with insane loony-ness--the same sort of loony-ness I witnessed from a certain sardine while watching the sardine treadmill in the Monterey Bay Aquarium, now that I think of it. For sure that sardine was laughing maniacally. Proof positive that being forced to swim round and round and round and round against an artificial current in a giant acrylic tube is NOT a good thing.