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How did cuckoo originate as a term for crazy people?
The association of the cuckoo with insanity is because of the cuckoo clock. The gears and noisy mechanical cuckoo of the cuckoo clock are figuratively equated with the strange goings-on of a crazy person's mind.
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Whats the name of the place that people send crazy people to?
The mentally ill are treated in hospitals and clinics that specialize in mental illness. The term 'crazy' and 'crazy people' is a generic term that can mean anything wild, violent, oddball, enthusiastic, or strange. A crazy person doesn't equal a mentally ill person. The word 'crazy' can be a positive or a negative description. Examples: She wears such crazy clothes. He's just girl crazy. When I said that, she went crazy. He ran like crazy. That was a crazy thing to do. I think the word you seek is an asylum.