Today we have a nut to crack: why-oh-why are nuts associated with craziness?
Cases in point:
Well, they say knowledge is power, so we had our biz coach, “Hazel” do a little research and here’s what she found.
Etymonline.com has this to say:
“crazy,” 1846, from earlier be nutts upon “be very fond of” (1785), which is possibly from nuts (n., pl.) “any source of pleasure” (1610s), from nut(q.v.). Sense influenced probably by metaphoric application of nut to “head” as in English term “nutter” for head. (1846, e.g. to be off one’s nut “be insane,” 1860).
Connection with the slang “testicle” sense has tended to nudge it toward taboo. “On the N.B.C. network, it is forbidden to call any character a nut; you have to call him a screwball.” [“New Yorker,” Dec. 23, 1950] “Please eliminate the expression ‘nuts to you’ from Egbert’s speech.” [Request from the Hays Office regarding the script of “The Bank Dick,” 1940] This desire for avoidance accounts for the euphemism nerts (c.1925).
And another attribution floating around has it that one Anthony McAuliffe, acting commander of the 101st Airborne Division during the Battle of the Bulge in World War 11, originated the phrase. He was in charge of the defense of Bastogne on December 22, 1944 when advancing German forces called on the garrison surrender. His initial response, allegedly, was ‘Aw, nuts!’ When he sat down to write a reply to the demand, he stuck with it, writing, “To the German Commander: NUTS! The American Commander”. The Americans successfully defended Bastogne, by the way.
We here at Little Nutthings® prefer this less commonly used but lovely meaning for “nuts”, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nuts:
NUTS: enthusiastic, keen <nuts for animals and children — Rick Reilly>
In short, we are nuts for nuts — and darn proud of it!
Live Well … and Out of the Shell™, dear friends.