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The Berserker is a creature with origins in Norse mythology, legend and folklore. The term 'berserker' comes from the Old Norse term berserkr, from a conjunction of the terms ber- (meaning "bear") and serkr (meaning "shirt" or "coat").
From the abilities ascribed to the Berserker warriors of old, a phrase persists into the modern day; when a person is said to have lost self control, in an outrageous, egregious or violent way, it may be said that they are 'going berserk'.