Thursday, November 01, 2018

How Bonkers Crept Into American English | Distant Words

Bonkers. If you hadn’t heard, bonkers is a much-loved British slang term meaning crazy, nuts, zanier than two alpacas… boxing. But unlike other British phrases, such as “Bob’s Your Uncle” and “chuffed to bits”, “Bonkers” did the impossible: it cracked America.




Laurence Brown is a British writer and YouTuber who somehow convinced the city of Chicago to let him in. He is an English Language graduate from Lancaster University and a passionate word etymologist, with a particular interest in British and American neologisms. Since moving to the United States, he has become increasingly curious about Britain's historical influence on American culture and about America in general.

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