NABOKV-L post 0024072, Sat, 27 Apr 2013 11:36:14 +0200

Re: Zemblan and digitized Samuel Johson (Crapula)
The OED attests the use of crapula or cropula in its sense of hangover as
early as the 17th century.

Anthony Burgess uses the word frequently. At least twice in The Malayan
Trilogy (aka The Long Day Wanes), as well as "crapulous". Also in Tremor of
Intent; twice in Honey for the Bears, and once in Nothing Like the Sun, if I
recall correctly.

However, crapula is surprisingly missing from Earthly Powers, but we do find

A. Bouazza

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Barrie Akin writes:

As for "crapula" as an English word, there is an early instance of it. It is
in Florio's Italian - English dictionary of 1611 as the English meaning of

Florio's dictionary is also available on line. Amazing!

Florio appears as a minor character in Anthony Burgess's 'Nothing Like the
Sun' (1964, from memory) and (again from memory) Burgess uses both 'crapula'
and 'crapulous' in his works. I don't have immediate access to my copies of
'Nothing Like the Sun' and 'Earthly Powers' but those are the novels in
which I recall Burgess uses them. There are probably others.

P.S. Apologies - it is late here in England and I have just realised that I
have misread Florio.

He gives 'crapola' as a variant of 'crapula' and then defines 'crapula'
without using any English variant of it. So 'crapula' appears in an English
work in 1611, but only as a foreign word.


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