"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Thursday, 25 July 2013


Cat saw an article in The Old Foodie and said she thought of me.  At first I wondered if my spreading waist-line was the cause but then I realised it was the lovely word Croghton-Belly.

Unknown American artist, 1850’s-60’s, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

A Croghton-Belly is a person who eats a great deal of fruit. It comes from 'A dictionary of archaic & provincial words, obsolete phrases ...' (1852), by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps.  It is said to come from Lancashire.  If you would like to find out more please visit the Old Foodie's article about A belly Full of Fruit!


  1. So, because i eat a lot of fruit, this would describe me! Interesting term, thanks.

  2. Since my recent set of blood tests it seems that too much fruit is a no-no for me. I wonder what the opposite of a Croghton-Belly is.

  3. A most interesting term! I do eat a lot of fruit, but probably not more than the average person, so I guess I do not qualify as a Croghton-Belly.

  4. GB, a Croghton-Crecent?

  5. even with the definition, the words sounds like an insult!