One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A game in which a player gives a word or line of verse to which each of the other players must find a rhyme.
- ‘Here you will have fun playing crambo, ziggy piggy, and doggerel.’
- ‘But the crambo verses written by Boswell were merely the start of the game, said Dr Caudle.’
Early 17th century (denoting a particular fashion in drinking): from earlier crambe ‘cabbage’, used figuratively to denote something distasteful that is repeated, apparently from Latin crambe repetita ‘cabbage served up again’, applied by Juvenal to any distasteful repetition.
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