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[mad-kap] /ˈmædˌkæp/

wildly or heedlessly impulsive; reckless; rash:
a madcap scheme.
a madcap person.
impulsive, reckless, or lively
an impulsive, reckless, or lively person

1580s, noun and adjective, from mad (adj.) + cap, used here figuratively for “head.” Related: Madcappery.

Math and set problems, for the Maniac II and CDC 6600. “MADCAP – A Scientific Compiler for a Displayed Formula Texbook Language”, M.B. Wells, CACM 4(1):31-36 (Jan 1961). Sammet 1969, pp.271-281. Versions: Madcap 5 (1964), Madcap 6. “The Unified Data Structure Capability in Madcap 6”, M.B. Wells et al, Intl J Comp Info Sci 1(3) (sep 1972).


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