[Ads-l] Antedating of "Craps" (Game)

Peter Reitan pjreitan at HOTMAIL.COM
Mon Jun 11 20:05:13 EDT 2018


Precursor.


Theophilus Swift, The Gamblers, a Poem: with notes critical and explanatory, London, S. HOoper, 1777, page 7, footnote to line 101. HathiTrust


[Excerpt - lines 101-102]Then Hazard rose, and Crabs and Doctors sprung: But not as yet the rage of Play had stung.[End Excerpt]


[Excerpt - Footnote to line 101] Crabs.] A losing throw to the Main, in the profound Science of Hazard, is called Crabs. [End excerpt]



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craps (game) (OED 1843)


1842 _Newark_ (N.J.) _Daily Advertiser_ 6 Dec. 1/2  The common game of _cra=
ps_ in New Orleans (resembling the English "hazard") has been pronounced ga=
mbling by the conviction of a noted house on the 25th ult.


Fred Shapiro





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