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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
Third, the phenomenon in which boring, lifeless stocks suddenly go bonkers.
Forty-one percent of Republicans say the bonkers ideas are a net positive for the country, or twice the national average.Why Republicans Can’t Win on QAnon-Supporting Marjorie Taylor Greene|Philip Elliott|January 28, 2021|Time
In today’s essay, I explain why the fallout from this bonkers bet won’t fade any time soon.Forget Bitcoin—GameStop just topped $300 in pre-market trading|Bernhard Warner|January 27, 2021|Fortune
You know the stock market has gone bonkers when even CEOs are baffled by their companies’ soaring share prices.Is a massive bubble in US tech stocks coming—or is it already here?|John Detrixhe|December 15, 2020|Quartz
That’s why the thing in Pennsylvania is bonkers, completely bonkers.The Justice Department May Have Violated Attorney General Barr’s Own Policy Memo|by Robert Faturechi and Justin Elliott|October 6, 2020|ProPublica
Like Miller, Wolf suffers from the radical self-delusion that mistakes bonkers political views for uncommonly brave opinion.From ISIS to Ebola, What Has Made Naomi Wolf So Paranoid?|Michael Moynihan|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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?
It was driving him bonkers not to be able to ride any longer.Makers|Cory Doctorow