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#CancelCrazy & 40 Alternatives
I’ve been thinking a lot about the power of language and the impact words like “crazy”, “insane” and “nuts” can have on the people around me. This article does a great job of highlighting why these terms are so problematic.
After reading the article and reflecting on my use of these words, I have decided to try and eradicate these words from my vocabulary. I hope that after reading the suggested article you will decide to do the same!
From my own personal experience this shift has been a bit of a challenge. These words are so ingrained in our culture and vocabulary. Additionally, shifting habits takes time. Something that has helped me is referring to the thesaurus and looking up alternative (and more precise words). Not only am I not hurting people experiencing mental health issues but I am also sounding more intelligent these days, so it’s a win-win!
To make your life a bit easier I have compiled a list of the ways we use “crazy” and given you 100 alternative words. Let me know if you have any words to add! #CancelCrazy
50 other words you can use instead of Crazy/Insane/Nuts:
Someone who acts or does things out of the norm
Someone who likes to have fun and party
Someone who likes to act silly and make people laugh
Something out of the norm
Really liking something (for example: “She’s crazy for Coco Puffs”, “He’s crazy for you!”)
Something you don’t like (for example: “How do you like my new shoes?”, “Hmm, I’m not crazy about them.”)
When things are busy (for example: “Work has been crazy lately!”)
When something is too distracting (for example: “I can’t do work at home, it’s too crazy with all my sisters around”)
Something that bothers or annoys you (for example: “It’s driving me crazy!”)
When something is really fun (for example: “That show was crazy!”)
Crazy as an Adverb
Crazy can mean very (for example: “The mall is crazy busy today”)
Expand your vocabulary and lets #CancelCrazy!
Kathryn is a recent MSW graduate currently trying to #adult. She is a former mindyourmind staff and continues to work in the youth & community development sectors. In her spare time, she is a proud plant parent, home chef and avid volunteer.
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