Ngram: afternoon nap vs siesta

Rather weary yesterday PM after a morning’s rabbit-hunting, so bumbled through Evelyn Waugh’s brilliant Decline and fall and Vile bodies, which contain quite a number of afternoon naps. Conjecture: the British began to replace the expression with “siesta” as they started staying awake after lunch and drowsing off became associated with the lazy Latins. Refutation:

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