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Re: Batshit crazy

Posted by R. Berg on November 18, 2006

In Reply to: Re: Batshit crazy posted by pamela on November 17, 2006

: : : What is the etymology of the phrase "batshit crazy" or "bat shit crazy"?

: : : Does this have something to do with a malady afflicting guano miners?

: : : Or is histoplasmosis or nitrate poisoning involved?

: : Bats = crazy. Probably from the way they fly around in a seemingly crazy manner. I don't know how bat-sh*t crazy would have evolved.

: "Boring as bat sh*t" is a very common expression which has been around for at least 20 years in Australia, although why bs would be boring I don't know. Pamela

Doesn't "bats" as an adjective meaning crazy come from "to have bats in the belfry"? ~rb