But according to the Serious Men and Women of Washington, the FRC is not a crackpot outfit.
Indeed, Wolf's journey to the crackpot fringe was completed a long time ago.
In small steps, the crackpot architectural ideas of the past are becoming built parts of our cities.
That has become the accepted theory, and anyone talking seriously about refrigerator mothers today would be considered a crackpot.
Critiques were drawn of the various fashionable conservative notions, which made them seem gimmicky at best, crackpot at worst.
The letter was dismissed as "crackpot," and no precautions were taken.
So that crackpot, Graham, had finally come up with something definite.
Calmly they accepted their rise in the world as being due to one of their local townspeople, a crackpot professor.
They dismissed him as a crackpot, too, if they heard about him at all.
While I am sure that in conversations about this incident I applied term "crackpot" I did not note it in my diary.
"mentally unbalanced person," by 1900, probably from crack + pot (n.1) in a slang sense of "head." Cf. crack-brain "crazy fellow" (late 16c.). Earlier it was used in a slang sense "a small-time big-shot" (1883), and by medical doctors in reference to a "metallic chinking sometimes heard when percussion is made over a cavity which communicates with a bronchus."
: my colleague's crackpot notions
A crazy idiot; an addled fool; eccentric: He's a crackpot about flying saucers (1883+)