Where does the word bonkers come from?

Bonkers is a British word that, according to Word Detective, the online etymological resource, first emerged in the early 20th century, and then means dizzy, dizzy or slightly drunk. The word evolved to mean insanity sometime after World War II, but now this is the accepted use. Perhaps because of bonk (a blow or punch to the head), perhaps related to a previous bronze. Like Miller, Wolf suffers from radical self-deception that confuses crazy political views with unusually courageous opinions.

These example sentences are automatically selected from various online news sources to reflect the current use of the word “crazy”. Its origins are unclear, but Bonkers is first recorded as British naval slang for “a little drunk” in the 1940s, perhaps acting as if someone had hit them or hit them on the head. And people on social media regularly evaluate news in terms of its relative madness, using the adjective colorful at once to undermine events as events and elevate them as entertainment. If a person suddenly starts acting strange, wild or strange, it can be said that he is going crazy or that he has gone crazy.

You know that the stock market has gone wild when even CEOs are baffled by the high stock prices of their companies. Perhaps because of how silly the word sounds, crazy is used in the names of a variety of businesses that specialize in children's entertainment. 41% of Republicans say crazy ideas are clearly positive for the country, or twice the national average. So “Los Locos have steadily increased in the use of English in recent decades, partly because, as Bob Dylan might have said in an early draft of the song, the times are crazy.

I think Rhythm Nation is one of my favorite albums and that particular song is really crazy. The most recent revival of the word in Britain among the yoof (it is still in fairly common use among the old) may be due in part to Tinie Tempah's song of the same name that had a great success 4 or 5 years ago.

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