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  • 19th century 'french english' dictionaries list a 'greedy gut' as a definition for Gourmand or Gouliafre or Goulard
    I grew up with the phrase 'greedy gut'
    A quick search shows this going back to the 1500's.


    "Greedy guts! greedy guts! Eat all the world up! "
    "A greedy guts ne'er got a gude meltith. "

    Century Dictionary:  "A greedy person a glutton a belly god Vulgar 
    'Whence comes it that so little Fresh water fodder meat and other vlctuall Should serve so long so many a greedy-gut!' Sylvester, tr. of Du Bartas "


    Another from Du Bartas 
    "...Heer'sth' other Furie (or my judgement fails)
    Which furiously mans wofull life attails.
    With thousand Cannons, sooner felt then seen,
    Where weakest strongest; fraught with deadly teen:
    Blinde, crooked, cripple, maymed, deaf, and mad,
    Cold-burning, blistered, melancholik, sad,
    Many-nam'd poyson, minister of Death,
    Which from us creeps, but to us gallopeth:
    Foul, trouble-rest, fantastic, greedy-gut,
    Blood-sweating, hearts-theef, wretched, filthy Slut,..."

    Du Bartas would have written this in the 1500's 

    December 3, 2013