Etymology


The English verb “craze” (adapted from Old Norse) originally meant “to crack.” So, to be “crazy” was to be “cracked or flawed.” We began to apply the word figuratively as “ill” or “feeble.” From there, it was an easy jump to “mentally unbalanced.”

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