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Why does 'go bananas' in English mean go crazy?

It's not always easy understanding why native English speakers say some things that mean entirely different things. This time, we try to help three very shy readers with their English troubles.


I've learned so many interesting English phrase in Englishtown. And I want to know why 'go bananas' is similar to go crazy? I can't find any relation between bananas and craziness! - Anonymous

This is a great question and there isn't a definitive answer. It's an idiom and it can mean go crazy, get very angry or become very emotional. Several suggestions have been made as to how the expression came about – a favourite one is how monkeys get super excited when they see or are given bananas.

I do not know the difference between surprised and surprising. I don't know what to do. Could you tell me? Thanks a lot. - Anonymous

We use adjectives ending in '/-ing/' to describe the thing or person that makes us feel a particular way and we use the '/-ed/' ending to describe how we feel. For instance, 'His marriage proposal was surprising' or 'I was surprised when he asked me to marry him!' Please what is the meaning of this proverb 'It takes two to lie, one to lie and one to listen'? - The Emperor

Unfortunately there isn't a definitive answer for this as well. The best explanation/guess is that, if someone tells a lie, but no one listens or believes it then the lie isn't successful and stops there. If someone listens to and believes the lie, then that gives more weight or substance to it and then more people may believe it if it is passed on.

Have you got a burning question about English? Send them to qa@englishtown.com . Please understand that we receive a very large number of questions, and cannot answer every single one.

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