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today's wwftd is... cantrip

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    the worthless word for the day is: cantrip [origin uncertain, perhaps alt. of caltrop] 1) Scots : a magic spell, a witch s trick 2) chiefly British : a
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      the worthless word for the day is: cantrip

      [origin uncertain, perhaps alt. of caltrop]
      1) Scots : a magic spell, a witch's trick
      2) chiefly British : a deceptive move; a sham

      "Coffins stood round, like open presses,
      That shaw'd the Dead in their last dresses;
      And (by some devilish cantraip sleight)
      Each in its cauld hand held a light.
      By which heroic Tam was able
      To note upon the haly table,
      A murderer's banes, in gibbet-airns..."
      - Robbie Burns, Tam O'Shanter (1790)


      ""God forgive us all!" thocht Mr. Soulis, "poor Janet's
      dead." He cam' a step nearer to the corp; an' then his
      heart fair whammled in his inside. For-by what cantrip
      it wad ill beseem a man to judge-she was hingin' frae a
      single nail an' by a single wursted thread for darnin'
      hose."
      - Robert Lewis Stevenson, Thrawn Janet (1881)

      (this passage is quoted by RLS in Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde)

      -tsuwm
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