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Why do we call crazy people "nuts"...What did those nut trees ever do to anybody? LOL

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:36 PM on Jul. 3, 2008 in Just for Fun

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  • LOL! Good question!

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 1:42 PM on Jul. 3, 2008

  • there are two supposed origins -
    1. is from the word nut, meaning hard seed, which is called "hnutu" in Old English or "*khnut" in Proto-Germanic

    2. from earlier be nutts upon "be very fond of" (1785), which is possibly from nuts (noun, plural) "any source of pleasure" (1617), from nut (described above). Sense influenced probably by metaphoric application of nut to "head" (1846, e.g. to be off one's nut "be insane," 1860). Nut "crazy person, crank" is attested from 1903, (British form nutter first attested 1958).

    Answer by vbruno at 2:15 PM on Jul. 3, 2008

  • i'm crazy. i don't know why people continue to call me a nut.

    Answer by UTZY at 2:43 AM on Jul. 12, 2008

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