When the Berry Brothers, who were famous London wine sellers during the eighteenth century, sent a bill too early to Irish poet and playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751 – 1816), he was not amused. He called it a “mulled up” bill, then proceeded to write the following reply:
You have sent me your Bilberry,
Before it is Dewberry.
This is nothing but a Mulberry,
And I am coming round to kick your Rasberry
Until it is Blackberry
Note that in Old English dialect, to mull is to muddle or foul-up.