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Cray

interjection; clipping
It is a term from Ebonics that is used in place of crazy to emphasize the ridiculousness of a person or what he or she has done or said. Does not actually mean actual mental illness or craziness but rather ridiculousness.
 
This word is a clipping of the word “crazy” to “cray.” This term comes from urban culture and is still highly associated it with it and reflects the greater social trend for more and more acceptance of ebonics into mainstream language. Oftentimes, the word is repeated “cray cray” rather than “cray.” This provides emphasis by simple repetition something that is not altogether common in English. For instance, one rarely hears “stupid stupid” or “happy happy.” However, “cray cray” is actually more common than “cray.”
Etymology : Clipped from “crazy” to “cray.”
Source : “That’s so ridiculous, that’s cray cray.” – College Student at Rice in response to a suggestion. Dec. 2010.
Last modified: 9 December 2010


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