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Origin of bonkers
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BEHIND THE WORD
Where does the word bonkers come from?
Bonkers is a funny-sounding word. It’s a goofy, lighter, informal way to say “crazy” or “nuts”—but keep in mind that’s it not so fun to make fun of people’s mental health.
The roots of these other words may get a rise—of laughter or surprise—out of you. Run on over to our roundup of them at “Weird Word Origins That Will Make Your Family Laugh.”
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Bonkers is sometimes used in the construction (to go) bonkers. If a person suddenly starts acting strange, wild, or bizarre, they can be said to be going bonkers or that they went bonkers.
Perhaps due to how silly the word sounds, bonkers is used in the names of a variety of businesses that specialize in children’s entertainment. The word bonk—which bonkers may have come from, as we say above—is also sometimes used in children’s programs that involve cartoon characters getting bonked on their head with various objects, such as mallets.
Bonkers is also the name of a short-lived, early 1990s Disney cartoon series starring perhaps one of Disney’s lesser remembered characters: Bonkers D. Bobcat. The character’s name directly referenced the zany, wacky behavior of the character. That’s bonkers!
Example sentences from the Web for bonkers
The brilliance of Community: knowing that good comedy finds it root in places as bleak as they are bonkers.‘Community’ Review: ‘Repilot’ Is Both an Epic Failure and a Major Success|Kevin Fallon|January 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Like, I think Rhythm Nation is one of my favorite records and that song in particular is just so bonkers.Hardcore Mixed With Honey: ‘Bitter Rivals’ and the Evolution of Sleigh Bells|Amy Zimmerman|October 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Stella McCartney put the bonkers back into London Fashion Week.
Was McCartney trying to singlehandedly put the bonkers back into London Fashion Week?
“Bonkers solider gets into the SAS, then disgraces the Regiment and his comrades,” he wrote on Twitter.The Man at the Center of the Princess Diana Conspiracy|Nico Hines|August 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It was driving him bonkers not to be able to ride any longer.Makers|Cory Doctorow