AND YOU THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE ANOTHER PSEUDO POLITICAL RANT….silly you

The Magic of Words 

A.Word.A.Day with Anu Garg barbedwirefinger
Jan 11, 2017

This week’s theme
Words that appear rude, but aren’t

This week’s words
cockup
crapulous
pricket

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Pricket 1
Photo: Walters Art Museum/Wikimedia

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Pricket 2
Photo: Graham Russell

PRICKET

PRONUNCIATION:
(PRIK-it)

 

MEANING:
1. A sharp point or spike for holding a candle
2. A male deer in its second year, before the antlers have branched
ETYMOLOGY:
Diminutive of prick/prik, from Old English prica (point). Earliest documented use: 1331.

 

USAGE:

“These first candlesticks probably were no more than hollowed-out wood or stone, unembellished, or some sort of crude pricket.”
Candelight Adds Special Warmth to Any Meal; Chicago Sun-Times; Oct 23, 1988.

“The years passed and each year McCarricker made it a point to locate the now full-grown stag who had had a forked antler when he was only a pricket and now carried great antlers.”
John Joseph Mathews; Old Three Toes and Other Tales of Survival and Extinction; University of Oklahoma Press; 2015.

See more usage examples of pricket in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary