A serious question: I don't think there is a "classical" (i.e., Greek- or Latin-based) synonym for for the English word "crackpot", a person with crazy ideas. But if there were, would it be "schizoceramic" or "schistoceramic" or something else?

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    'Crackpot' is a slang word (probably from 'pot' as an old slang word for 'head'), so you can't assume it can be literally translated 'back' into Latin or Greek. May 19, 2018 at 7:23
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    – Bread
    May 19, 2018 at 11:24
  • Looking at things like "schizoceramic" seems to me like a way too literal approach to finding a word like this. Have you looked in an English/Greek or English/Latin dictionary, or a Latin or Greek thesaurus? "Ass" is technically from Latin (asinus), although it's an old borrowing, and I think it could be used with a similar meaning to "crackpot" in some contexts.
    – herisson
    May 19, 2018 at 16:10
  • A daft idea is often described as 'it won't hold water' meaning it cannot contain the problems or variables under consideration. Presumably that is the sense of a 'cracked pot' or 'crackpot' idea. And hence the outlook of a 'crackpot' person.
    – Nigel J
    May 19, 2018 at 19:11

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Lunatic fits the bill, as it's from a Latin word originally:

An extremely foolish or eccentric person.

Middle English: from Old French lunatique, from late Latin lunaticus, from Latin luna ‘moon’ (from the belief that changes of the moon caused intermittent insanity).
Oxford Dictionaries

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    Lunatic is a rather general term, whereas a crackpot can be completely sane in all respects other than their specific beliefs such as the world is flat or Shakespeare didn't write his plays.
    – user184130
    May 19, 2018 at 10:23
  • So how many people have called you "Yanny" today?
    – Bob Stein
    May 20, 2018 at 18:31

There is the humorous coinage 'psychoceramicist': https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josiah_S._Carberry

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