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English Vocabulary - Vocabulario de inglés
WAYS OF SAYING "YOU'RE CRAZY"

TO BE CRAZY = TO BE...

  • bananas
  • loony
  • loopy
  • mad
  • mental
  • nuts
  • nutty
  • whacky
  • mad as a hatter
  • mad as a March hare
  • non compos mentis
  • round the bend

 

TO BE SLIGHTLY CRAZY = TO BE...

  • barmy
  • bonkers
  • cracked
  • dotty
  • funny in the head
  • queer in the head

 

EXPRESSIONS FOR WRONG THINKING OR NOT THINKING CLEARLY (used humorously)

  • You're wired-up wrongly
  • You have the brain in neutral
  • You have a lame brain
  • You have a screw loose
  • You have a loose connection up top

 

EXPRESSIONS THAT IMPLY 'INFESTATION' (used humorously)

  • You have bats in the belfry
  • You have bats in the attic
  • You have bugs in the brain
  • You have rats in the loft
  • You're batty

 

EXPRESSIONS THAT IMPLY 'EMPTINESS OR SOMETHING MISSING' (used humorously)

  • You're gone in the head
  • You're half gone
  • You're half there
  • You're not all there
  • You're not quite right
  • You're out to lunch
  • You're a bubble-head
  • You're a space case
  • You're an airhead
  • You're on another planet
  • You're unglued
  • You have flats to let
  • You have rooms to rent
  • You lost it
  • You lost the plot
  • You lost your marbles
  • You're knitting on only one needle
  • You're driving on two wheels
  • You're playing with only one umpire
  • You haven't got both oars in the water
  • Something's missing upstairs
  • Lights on, but nobody home
  • You're not a full quid
  • You're ten pence short of a quid
  • You're ten cents short of a dollar
  • You're two pence short of a bob
  • You're only eighty pence to the pound
  • You're five annas short of a rupee
  • You're two bricks short of a load
  • You're a couple wafers short of a communion
  • You're a few girls short of a chorus line
  • You're a sandwich short of a picnic
  • You're one beer short of a round
  • You're one shoe short (of a pair)
  • You're one stump short of a wicket
  • You're one ball short of an over
  • You're one innings short of a match
  • You're one match short of a test

If you think about it, most of these expressions are predicated on 'absence' or 'not enough' of something. It's quite easy to make them up spontaneously.

We thank Francis Dixon-Clarke (from Sao Paulo, Brazil) for his contribution.

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