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Old 28th July 2003, 10:23
ScabbyDouglas ScabbyDouglas is offline
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Just remembered

The Scottish Song "The Wark o The Weavers" which dates back to the early part of the 19th century - published by David Shaw - who died in 1856, has the opening line

"We're a' met thegither here tae sit and crack, Wi oor glasses in oor hands..."

This would indicate an early widespread use of "crack", in Scots at any rate, meaning conversation. That's no to say that it wasn't originally an Irish expression, but the "craic" spelling was not known/used at that time.
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