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March 9, 2011

Blue sky thinking

Blue sky thinking going on here, pic:

If you are engaging in a bit of blue sky thinking you aren’t really thinking much about the constraints of everyday life.  Blue sky thinking is open-minded and “out of the box”, it is like brainstorming – lettig ideas flow in an uncensored way, trying to come up with novel ideas and approaches and not constraining oneself to what is “reasonable” or normal.

The phrase it refers to opening ones mind wide – wide like the blue sky – and letting ideas in.  It is a phrase often used in a business context to the point where it has become quite a cliche.  The British Internet Advertising Bureau even voted it the most unpopular phrase in business in the UK an couple of years back – but that is the Brits 🙂


March 9, 2011


Just like for dumb there are many words and expression to convey the fact that somebody is crazy or, as the definition reads is “affected with madness or insanity.”

Homer is always great to illustrate craziness, pic:

Some are fairly friendly, used jokingly and affectionately, others not so. But more then the word the context and tone of voice plays an important role in how strong your word comes across. If you say: “Ah, you know Don, he is a bit cuckoo fine.” you are not making a particularly strong and hostile statement.  Saying something like: “Stay away from Don, that guy is totally cuckoo!” then you made a pretty forceful statement about Don.

So here are some more words expressing the idea of crazy, words I have heard used on many occasions and with that words that you will likely encounter:

Berserk (generally involves frantic and violent behavior) – the guy smashed up the house, he went totally berserk

Bonkers – less strong, mentally “irregular” but of the non-violent kind

Cuckoo and kooky are like bonkers

Lunatic/looney – stronger, indicated a real mental disease (thought to be influenced by the moon), also used for people who display foolishly risk-taking behavior.  “Dave’s a lunatic, he rides his mountain bike down frozen waterfalls”

Nuts, nutty, nut case, nut job – on the lighter spectrum but a forceful: “he is a total nut case” is not to be Taken as a compliment either.