n.1.A taking by surprise; an unexpected onset or attack.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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(Might one add here, "If some is good, more is better"?) Those old codgers who hate the word "nap" and who eschew nap-taking probably are getting in afternoon siesta time, except that its called dozing in front of the TV.
Although there are a good many woes for which the Bush Administration might rightly be called to count, in the early days of Bush Junior's first term, he was consistently chided by his liberal critics not for his bustle but for his nap-taking proclivity and focus on getting a good night's sleep.
It's a special interest group "devoted to battling negative images of the blissful practice of nap-taking." Coming soon to their Web site ( is a napping FAQ and a feature article on famous nappers.