Antedating of "crazy" (submodifer)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue May 27 00:26:42 UTC 2014

On May 26, 2014, at 8:16 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:

> On Mon, May 26, 2014 at 11:05 AM, Hugo <hugovk at> wrote:
>> made a sad disturbance
> Showed out, I reckon.

I was thinking, based on the description--

> 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 it sounded like a *happy* disturbance, but I guess it all depends on your perspective.


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