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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Definitions for merrythought

  1. Chiefly British. the wishbone or furcula of a fowl.

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Citations for merrythought
"The merry-thought! Pull with me, old man?" "Certainly!" Mr. Scantlebray and Mr. Cargreen were engaged on the merry-thought, each endeavoring to steal an advantage on the other, by working the fingers up the bone unduly, when the window was darkened. Sabine Baring-Gould, In the Roar of the Sea, 1891
When Giglio heard this he took heart, and began to mend immediately; and gobbled up all the jelly, and picked the last bone of the chicken—drumsticks, merry-thought, sides'-bones, back, pope's nose, and all… William Makepeace Thackeray, The Rose and the Ring, 1855
Origin of merrythought
Merrythought originates in the custom of pulling the wishbone of a fowl apart until it breaks with the person holding the longer (sometimes shorter) piece supposedly marrying first or being granted a wish at the time. It entered English around 1600.