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Traditional Definition: mentally deranged; demented; insane.


Great video, even better song. I remembered us talking about Danger Mouse; it made me think about Gnarls Barkley and Cee-lo especially. If you don't know who they are, check out the links.

Wikipedia Delivers(Please note: Crazy didn't have its own page so i borrowed from Insanity's page)

Traditionally, insanity or madness is the behaviour whereby a person flouts societal norms (such as parental authority) and becomes a danger to himself and others. Greek tragedies and Shakespeare often refers to madness in this sense. Psychologically, it is a general popular and legal term defining behaviour influenced by mental instability. It is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as a deranged state of the mind or lack of understanding.

Examples of Usages:

1)He drives like crazy once he's out on the highway.

2)She was crazy about him forever.

3)He was so crazy, he tried to fight off three cops while hand-cuffed.

In Medicine:

Crazy/Insanity as a diagnosis is now considered a legal term and not a medical term in the United States. The disorders formerly encompassed by the term are schizophrenic and other psychotic disorders. These are characterized by social withdrawal, deterioration of personal care, inability to perceive oneself as a separate entity, rapid shifting of thought and topic, autistic absorption, hallucinatory symptoms, delusions and often depersonalization. Symptoms can be singular or combined with a wide variation among sufferers. Motor activity is generally reduced and appearance become bizarre while perceptual and conversational distortions are evident.


-My Grandpa, my aunt, and my uncle are all schizophrenic. My Aunt's schizophrenia manifested when she was 14 and for the past 20 years or so she's been in a mental hospital in Ireland. I've visited her twice and both times were pretty creepy. My Uncle's didn't show until he was thirty or so and he had just gotten married. His wife got cancer and he left her and now he moves from country to country every year and hates the color red.

JC, all the elements are here for a fantastic definition: personal testimony, authoritative testimony, links, examples of comonplace usage of your selected term, "crazy," and relevant multimedia which stand as direct appeals to a specific audience. I would consider some re-organization of the piece, though. This exercise would also permit you to analyze and comment on the sound/image media you sample, as well.


You conclude with what would be a great opening statement. The personal testimony would dissolve the meaninglessness of quotidian uses (crazy this crazy that etc), and open the minds of your readers to the pathos of cognitive difference.


Then you could draw upon this personal testimony to create transitions between the medical and legal "authoritative testimonies" regarding the very idea of "crazy" that comprise the body of your essay.


So much potential, here! For now, I'm persuaded to award 16 out of 20 points. Please consider filling in the gutters and making this definition all it can be!



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