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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.

loony bin

n. an insane asylum; a mental hospital. Today’s loony bins are far different from those of just a few decades ago.
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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).
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Illustrating the unbelievable looniness of the project is one display showing Adam and Eve being chased by, honest, a tyrannosaurus after that bit of bother in the Garden of Eden.
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Assume that the proposed extension of rights has no possible justification in gospel, in natural law, in Catholic tradition, in science or even in just plain common sense -- that it is nothing more than "general looniness in taking the wrong people and the wrong issues seriously.
But the looniness is well organized and extremely well funded, and it is therefore dangerous.
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