I see now where the present bedlamite style of coiffure comes from.
The bedlamite replied, "The world said I was mad; I said the world was mad, and they outwitted me."
Why Bayard in the nineteenth century's a Bedlamite, Irish or no.
The bedlamite replied, The world said I was mad; I said the world was mad; and they outvoted me.
Any way, it came to be used for a witless fellow, ...