Pubkeybreaker wrote: > Larry Hammick wrote: > > Any native German speakers in the house? I'm looking for the German > > equivalent, if there is one, of "crank", in the usual sci.math sense of > > that word. > > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Crank_%28person%29 > > Crankosity, despite its great importance and worldwide prevalence, is > > treated at Wikipedia only in English, Danish, and Chinese. Now this > > room is full of experts on the subject, from all over the globe. Get to > > work, you guys. > > Yiddish is close to German, but I guess that schlemiel and putz > don't come close enough to the true meaning of 'crank'.
How about "meshuggeneh"? Or is that crazy in a more general way than "crank"?