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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Sunday 23rd January 2022
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merrythought (noun) MAIR-ee-thort

The wishbone or furcula of a fowl.

Some American dictionaries claim this ia a British usage while some British dictionaries suggest it is American. Whichever view is right, the word is not encountered often today except in Harry Potter books (Professor Merrythought), as a toy manufacturer's trademark, or as a restaurant, boat or house name, which is a pity.

After legs are taken off, enter knife into the top of breast, and cut under merrythought or wishbone so as to loosen it, lifting it with the fork.

Marion Harris Neil, The Story of Crisco® (Procter & Gamble).

They had a chicken and a dish of ham between them, and he was feeding her with the merrythought ...

Hugh Walpole, Judith Paris. Amazon

My uncle was in high good- humour, and especially always joking with Nora and the captain. It was, "Nora, divide that merrythought with the captain! see who'll be married first."

W.M. Thackeray, The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq. of the Kingdom of Ireland. Amazon

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