crazy/insane gradation

James Harbeck jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA
Mon Mar 8 23:23:24 UTC 2010

Although "crazy" and "insane" supposedly mean the same thing, I find
my sense that in common (metaphorical) use there is a gradation
confirmed by a quote in today's New York Times:

"Our forefathers in their infinite wisdom planned for crazy. But this
week we moved to insane."
KEITH WRIGHT, a Democratic assemblyman from Manhattan, on the
dysfunction of state government in Albany.

James Harbeck.

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