"do a crap"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jun 5 19:56:39 UTC 2014

OED/HDAS have _crap_ 'a defecation,' from Wright's EDD of 1898, though
Wright seems to give no actual citation.

So this early ex. might be useful:

1910 _Proceedings of the Old Bailey_ [
All right, governor, I only came over here to do a crap. ...I simply got
over the gateway for a natural purpose. I am innocent.

Note that British usage has customarily been to "do" a crap; American is
"take" or "have" one.


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