[Ads-l] nounified adjectives revisited

James A. Landau JJJRLandau at NETSCAPE.COM
Tue Jan 31 09:32:25 EST 2017

On Mon, 30 Jan 2017 22:15:29 zone - 0500 Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> wrote:

>From Paul Krugman’s column in today’s Times:
>As you may recall — or maybe you don’t, with the crazy coming so thick 
>and fast — the White House first seemed to say that it would impose a 20 
>percent tariff on Mexico, <snip>

"crazy" (noun) referring to a person rather than a situation has been around for a while, e.g.

from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crazies_(1973_film)

The Crazies (also known as Code Name: Trixie) is a 1973 American science fiction horror-action film about the effects of the accidental release of a military biological weapon upon the inhabitants of a small American town.

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