The English language has a multitude of terms for insanity, although few of them are diagnostic terms for mental illness. Slang terms for “crazy” are used when a person has lost control or just doesn’t make sense to those around him. These terms aren’t confined to people, since a wild party or an unconventional building or a nonsensical movie can all be “bananas.” But bananas, crackers, and nuts are the only food terms that came to mean crazy. Let’s learn how that happened.
The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English traces the idea of bananas relating to craziness only back to the late 1910s; The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and…
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