Excerpted from Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi with curt Gentry copyright (c) 1974 by curt Gentry and Vincent Bugliosi.
Knox's father curt, along with three of Knox's friends, were in court with her.
Now and then, a postcard would arrive with a curt message, typed on a manual typewriter.
mid-14c., from Latin curtus "(cut) short, shortened, incomplete," from PIE root *(s)ker- "to cut" (see short (adj.)). Sense of "rude" is first recorded 1831. The Latin word was adopted early into most Germanic languages (cf. Icelandic korta, German kurz, etc.) and drove out the native words based on Proto-Germanic *skurt-, but English retains short.