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Cray-cray

adjective Clipping + Compounding
Ridiculous, crazy, insane; very demanding or unbelievable. 'Cray-cray' underwent a few form changes. The word 'crazy' was first clipped to 'cra' and then creatively respelled to more closely resemble the pronunciation, yielding 'cray'. Then the word was compounded with itself to form 'cray-cray'. All these changes have the result of making it very informal and vaguely derogatory; it is definitely a term only used by young adults or students talking amongst themselves. The term was possibly coined in order to place emphasis on exactly how crazy or absurd the person or action was; it essentially doubles the normal 'crazy'.
 
"That class was totally cray-cray."
Etymology : Compounding of two clippings of 'crazy' ( > 'cra') after respelling ( > 'cray')
Source : Student-Nov 15, 2010
Last modified: 8 December 2010


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