Crazy English

“You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven.”

Jimi Hendrix, an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter

If you are a music lover, chances are you can remember at least a couple of songs whose names are or include the word “crazy”. If you can’t, here are some famous ones:

Aerosmith – Crazy

See the lyrics here.

Useful vocabulary from the song:

  • To drive sb. up the wall – to annoy sb.
  • To pull a trick – to play a trick (on sb.), to deceive sb.
  • To make good on sth. – to fulfill (a promise)
  • To make up – to be reconciled after a quarrel
  • To drive sb. crazy – to make sb. crazy
  • I feel like the color blue = to feel blue – to be sad
  • To pull down the shade = to pull down a window shade (so no one can see what’s inside)

Gnarls Barkley – Crazy

See the lyrics here.

Useful vocabulary from the song:

  • To be out of touch – to lack knowledge concerning current events and developments
  • The time of one’s life – a period or occasion of exceptional enjoyment
  • To be in control – to be able to direct a situation, person, or activity
  • To have the heart to do sth. – to be insensitive or hard-hearted enough to do something
  • To be out on a limb [lɪm] – to be in a dangerous or uncompromising position, where one is not joined or supported by anyone else; vulnerable

MEANINGS OF “CRAZY”

Interestingly, “crazy” can mean quite different things:

  1. mad, especially as manifested in wild or aggressive behavior (“crazy” is more informal): He’s crazy! Don’t mess with him!
  2. extremely angry: Your silence is driving me crazy!
  3. foolish: You must be crazy thinking that you can make a fortune without working hard!
  4. extremely enthusiastic: I’m not crazy about the idea!

In American English “crazy” can also be used as an adverb, meaning “extremely” (If you are crazy busy, I’ll call you later) and a noun, meaning a mad person (I need to stay away from that crazy). Note that “crazy” is an informal word, so refrain from using it in informal contexts.

SYNONYMS FOR “CRAZY”

  • Kooky – strange or eccentric: She’s been mocked for her kooky ways.
  • Nuts/nutty – mad: The way he turns on the television as soon as he walks in drives me nuts.
  • Wacky – funny or amusing in a slightly odd or peculiar way: That wacky chase movie really amused me.
  • Berserk [bɜː‘sɜːk] – out of control with anger or excitement: After she left him, he went berserk, throwing things about the apartment.
  • Cuckoo [‘kukuː] – mad, crazy: People think you’re cuckoo.
  • Lunatic [‘luːnətɪk] – extremely foolish or eccentric: He’s always been lunatic but people still like him.
  • Potty – extremely enthusiastic about or fond of someone or something: She’s potty about you.
  • Bonkers – mad, crazy: The man must be bonkers to take such a risk.
  • Delirious – in a state of wild excitement or ecstasy: There was a great roar from the delirious crowd.

“CRAZY” IDIOMS

As for idioms related to craziness, in English there are plenty of them as well:

Like crazy – to a great degree:

Lately I’ve been working like crazy.

(As) mad as a hatter – completely crazy (an allusion to Lewis Carroll’s character the Mad Hatter in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)):

She is as mad as a hatter – she is constantly moving the furniture about.

Out of one’s tree – completely stupid; mad:

He’s out of his tree! He’s just sped up to like 200 km per hour.

(As) nutty as a fruitcake – completely insane:

Stop laughing so loudly, people will think you’re nutty as a fruitcake.

Soft in the head = nutty:

You’re soft in the head if you think I’ll go along with that.

Off one’s rocker – to be mad, insane:

You’re off your rocker if you think I believe that.

Out to lunch – unaware of or inattentive to present conditions:

She’s really out to lunch these days.

Round the band – mad:

I’d go round the bend looking after kids all day.

Bananas – insane or very silly:

I spend 4 hours playing video games each day! I must be bananas!

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