So what is “crazy”? Apparently in the 15th century, the brain was being referenced as a pot (the kind you cook with) and persons whose mental health was suffering were “cracked pots”. A “crack pot” takes on a different meaning these days. The verb “craze” came into use in the 17th century, again meaning “cracked” or “insane”. It was not until 1927, when the word “crazy”was first used in jazz music as a slang for “cool, exciting”.
Is “crazy” cool and exciting….has the meaning of the word “crazy” moved to something positive? How do you use the word? Is it ever appropriate to use?
I am of the zero-tolerance opinion. If a word is offensive, I would rather take it out of my vocabulary completely rather than risk offending someone.
Can we substitute another word for “crazy?” So how about an unbelievable, inconceivable, incredible, unthinkable, unimaginable, outlandish, nightmarish, strange, screwy, nonsensical, unreasonable, unbalanced, senseless, unworkable week? And then I also came across the words: kafkaesque or quixotic…they might be impressive? Would that describe it: or was it just plain crazy?