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loonie

slang The Canadian dollar, specifically the one-dollar coin. (So called due to the picture of a loon, a kind of bird, on its front.) Primarily heard in Canada. For one loonie, this cup of coffee isn't half bad! The machine gave me a bunch of loonies as change for that twenty dollar bill.

loony

1. adjective, slang Crazy, eccentric, foolish, or senseless. A glib adaptation of the word "lunatic." Also spelled "looney" or "loonie." I think everyone is feeling a little loony after being cooped up in the car for so long. My siblings all think I'm a bit loony because I practice alternative medicine.
2. noun, slang A crazy, eccentric, foolish, or senseless person. We can't have a loony like that as our governor! Am I the loony here, or has everyone else just lost their minds? Because this is the most harebrained scheme I've ever heard.

loony bin

slang A psychiatric hospital or insane asylum. From a glib adaptation of the word "lunatic," the phrase is now considered tactless at best, extremely insulting at worst. Back in my grandfather's time, anyone suffering from severe depression or anxiety would have just been thrown in the loony bin, so people suffered in silence and in secret. When she joked about putting someone like my brother in the loony bin, I threw my drink in her face and walked out of the restaurant.
See also: bin, loony

loony

and looney and loonie
1. n. a crazy person. (From lunatic.) I’m beginning to feel like a loonie the longer I stay around here.
2. mod. crazy. That is a loony idea. Forget it.
3. mod. alcohol intoxicated. She’s acting a little loonie. Let’s get her home before she’s sick.

loonie

verb
See loony

loony bin

n. an insane asylum; a mental hospital. Today’s loony bins are far different from those of just a few decades ago.
See also: bin, loony

loony bin

Insane asylum. The word “lunatic” comes from the word for “moon”; madness was associated in many cultures with the effect of the phases of the moon on the human mind. From lunatic came loony, and loony bin was where insane people were incarcerated. The phrase is now considered insulting in the extreme, as are “booby hatch” (originally a covered passageway down a ship deck), “funny farm,” “drool academy,” and “foam rubber city” (a reference to padded cells).
See also: bin, loony
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Ashbery writes as one of the inheritors of the art of meandering, and he takes the loss of selfhood yet further, with his pronoun confusions, allusive looniness, and conceptual disorientations.
The looniness of this observation perhaps casts doubt on the entire enterprise here.
The author is a bit loose with such terms as "radical right," "evangelical Protestants," and "fundamentalists." At times he seems to link millions of responsible and conservative Christians with the looniness of a handful of extremists.
Will is the victim of what Percy sees as a common "mind-set" in the "deranged" twentieth century; Will, like many other "normal" people, suffers from a singular "looniness" that frustrates his efforts to "know who he is, what he believes, or what he is doing."(2) Percy believes that this cognitive frustration has its sources in the regnant Cartesian, scientistic epistemology of this century that encourages individuals like Will to assume the role of detached, objective observer and analyzer of physical phenomena as they attempt to know themselves, their environment, and their culture.
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My first therapist welcomed all this as evidence of my mother's looniness and my own consequent victimization.
invasion in 1983, though in the mid-1970s reporters occasionally discussed the looniness of Prime Minister Eric Gairy, an accomplished bartender whose pet interests included extraterrestrial life, UFOs and yoga.
And Grant pulls it off, with his own kind of looniness and breathtaking comic timing, as well as his infections romantic ardor.
A FEW weeks ago someone left a copy of a new book on my desk, The Looniness of the Long Distance Runner.
But the mix of stereotypical Irish looniness (with some great one-liners it has to be said) and tragedy, is an uneasy one which doesn't quite work.
Only a period of great prosperity, with its high tolerance for general looniness in taking the wrong people and the wrong issues seriously -- think only of Tina Brown and her new magazine Talk -- could accept Francione's idea that gorillas should be regarded as persons.
THANKFULLY, Ireland as a country has not descended as far as the United States into the looniness of political correctness.
The moral would seem to be that making public those sought-after secret documents does not always solve the riddles of history; sometimes, they reveal only the looniness of our leaders.
Will is the victim of what Percy sees as a common "mind-set" in the "deranged" twentieth century; Will, like many other "normal" people, suffers from a singular "looniness" that frustrates his efforts to "know who he is, what he believes, or what he is doing." (2) Percy believes that this cognitive frustration has its sources in the regnant Cartesian, scientistic epistemology of this century that encourages individuals like Will to assume the role of detached, objective observer and analyzer of physical phenomena as they attempt to know themselves, their environment, and their culture.
And Football Association chief executive Adam Crozier has proved that even an advertising guru who forged his reputation at Saatchi & Saatchi as a man who could sell a meat pie at a vegetarian convention can end up looking like a right prune when it comes to dealing with the looniness which surrounds England's football team.