antedating scampi (UNCLASSIFIED)

Paul Frank paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU
Tue Dec 14 18:12:50 UTC 2010

On Tue, 14 Dec 2010 11:55 -0600, "Mullins, Bill AMRDEC"
<Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL> wrote:

> OED has 1928 for scampi (n)
> _Ironwood [MI] Daily Globe_ Mar 10 1920 p 2 col 5
> "His favorite dish is "scampi," a small crab-fish found only in the
> Quarnero."  Later in the article:
> " "Scampi" is the favorite seafood in practically all of the north
> Adriatic resorts."

>From a letter dated February 1, 1819:
"Within this last fortnight I have been rather indisposed with a
rebellion of stomach, which would retain nothing, (liver, I suppose) and
an inability, or fantasy, not to be able to eat of any thing with relish
but a kind of Adriatic fish called 'scampi,' which happens to be the
most indigestible of marine viands."

Thomas Moore, ed., The Works of Lord Byron: With his Letters and
Journals, and his Life, Volume 4, 1947, p. 141. Google Books:


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