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Strangely enough, this does not appear ever to have been considered as slang. As evidence thereof the first printed appearance of which we have record was in a sermon, and at that, a sermon before His Majesty the King--King Edward the Sixth in the year 1549, sermon by Bishop Hugh Latimer. The word he used, however, was flibbergib, which he spelled flybbergybe. His meaning was that of today, a garrulous or flighty person. But Shakespeare, who wrote flibbertigibbet in King Lear, used it as other writers had done, as the name of a devil. And Scott, in Kenilworth, had it mean an impish youngster.

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"A flibbertigibbit, a willow-the-wisp, a clown." ;)

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Willow-the-wisp? I haven't heard of this one. :cool:

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Sorry, that was a mistake, GL! It's will-o'-the-wisp, which is caused by ball lightning, marsh gas, or spirits of the dead. ;)

http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/folk ... _wisp.html

The quote comes from the song "Maria" from The Sound of Music. :)

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What a delightful site about folklore, Lady K. I forgot about "Knockers" or mine ghosts. I haven't heard about them for such a long time. I enjoyed reading about the faeries. They are always such a delight to me.

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