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A term often casually used to describe things or people that are wild and surprising. Many feel that this term is associated with negative ideas about people with mental health conditions and find it offensive.

According to Merriam-Webster, the word has historically been defined as:

full of cracks or flaws[...] not mentally sound: marked by thought or action that lacks reason[...] distracted with desire or excitement 


According to Merriam-Webster, the term "crazy" was first used as an adjective in 1566. In 1842, Charles Dickens used the word to describe a plantation he visited in "American Notes", describing the scene: 

All I saw of them, was, that they were very crazy, wretched cabins, near to which groups of half-naked children basked in the sun, or wallowed on the dusty ground.

According to The/Thirty, the term "crazy" was not used in a positive way until the 1920s: 

when jazz culture reappropriated the word to mean "cool, exciting" in a slang context.

Today, many professionals and people with mental health conditions feel that the word “crazy” is very stigmatizing and demeaning to people with such conditions.