Antedating of "crazy" (submodifer)

Hugo hugovk at GMAIL.COM
Mon May 26 15:05:52 UTC 2014

"Crazy" (adverb as a submodifier) has been added to Oxford Dictionaries in
the latest quarterly update:

This is already in the OED, first quoted as "crazy drunk" in 1887. Here's
an earlier "crazy drunk" (and evidently a reprinting):

New-York daily tribune., February 16, 1843, Image 4:

>From the Boston Mercantile Journal.
What Intrepidity can Accomplish.
By Hawser Martingale.
He said that the previous evening, after he and his
mates had turned in, two of his men had lowered
the sters[?] boat, and gone on board a Spanish felucca
and procured a quantity of brandy--and that all
hands, with the exception of an old man and a boy,
had got "crazy drunk," and had made a sad dis-
turbance during the night, setting his authority at
naught, and treating his mates with ridicule and
contempt--that he bad been ashore to get assis-
tance, but in vain, and that his officers were then
in the cabin, in great tribulation, not knowing what
extravagances or outrages the crew might be in-
duced, by the spirit of mischief and brandy com-
bined, to commit.

As ODO mentions "crazy busy", here's a 1916.

The Ogden standard., August 22, 1916, 4 P.M. CITY EDITION, Page 8, Image 8,
"Woman's Page", "Zoe Beckley's Story", "David Finds a House-man":

Oh, forgive me dear. I don't mean to be cross, but I'm crazy busy.


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