[Ads-l] "insane" as a compliment

Margaret Winters mewinters at WAYNE.EDU
Tue Jul 17 11:34:35 EDT 2018


I'm sure I've heard it too - it sounds natural.  I think I've encountered it more than once on one of the food/cooking channels in enthusiastically positive descriptions of specific dishes.


Margaret


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MARGARET E WINTERS
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Professor Emerita - French and Linguistics
Wayne State University
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Subject: Re: "insane" as a compliment

I’m pretty sure I’ve heard positive “insane” on sports recap shows to describe plays.  Usually as a predicate adjective, though.  Googling “That play was insane” pullsl up a lot of relevant hits. There’s this one with a musical connection via UrbanDic:

insane
Very, very, very talented.
"Wow the drummer from that band in EyesofRuin is insane!!!

LH

> On Jul 17, 2018, at 11:17 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> Possibly because his lyrics are "swingin' like insane," to quote a
> catch-phrase of a StL DJ, back in the '50's. Remember "Crazy, Man, Crazy,"
> by Bill Haley & the Comets?
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> On Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 10:04 AM Charles C Doyle <cdoyle at uga.edu> wrote:
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>> A voice on NPR just burbled (lauditorily) that a particular individual "is
>> an insane lyricist!"
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