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Friday, January 06, 2012

sprat

\sprat\ , noun;
1.
A small or inconsequential person or thing.
2.
A species of herring, Clupea sprattus, of the eastern North Atlantic.
Quotes:
How'd you get yourself into this, sprat, Bustard wanted to know.
-- Gene Wolfe, Epiphany of the Long Sun
Edgerton was cursing, but Mr. Bullock just shook his head. "No, sir, don't say such things in front of the little sprat…"
-- Catherine Coulter, Deception
Origin:
Sprat is a variation of the Old English word sprot which meant "a sprout or twig." Its most common usage is in the nursery rhyme "Jack Sprat."
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