Wow, Wednesday again!! I really shouldn’t be surprise, it does happen once every 7 days, but this summer has been flying by!! It’s now less than two weeks before the kids start school. I don’t know about you folks, but I’m really looking forward to school….I need a break (the kids may need a break from me too, I’ve started weaning off my meds already, but I’ve been told the next few weeks aren’t going to be pretty; better for everyone if the kids are somewhere else for 6 hours a day).
Today’s word was a random pick – wacko or whacko.
definition – wacky
example – the governor’s staff spread rumors that his opponent’s wife was wacko, as she had once undergone shock therapy for depression
From Oxford Dictionaries:
adjective – mad; insane: his wacko conspiracy theories
noun (plural wackos or wackoes)
a crazy person: a trailer park peopled by exotic wackos and misfits
From Urban Dictionary:
1. crazy, weirdo, dummy.
that girl is a whacko for dating a guy who is 20 years older than her!
2. Something surprising and often of interest. Generally said with a British accent for effect.
“Hey check out this new gadget.”
(you read it with a British accent, didn’t you??)
wacko – extended form of wack, recorded from 1977.
wack – “crazy person,” 1938, back formation from from wacky. Adjective in slang sense of “worthless, stupid,” is attested from late 1990s.
wacky – “crazy, eccentric,” 1935, variant of whacky (n.) “fool,” late 1800s British slang, probably ultimately from whack “a blow, stroke,” from the notion of being whacked on the head one too many times.
When I Googled images for “wacko” I found several disturbing images of Michael Jackson and the following:
I think “wacko” has been the least surprising of the terms I’ve researched thus far. I really don’t mind this one. Any thoughts?