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Clootie

by Micha F. Lindemans
The Scottish name for the Devil. The name comes from cloot, meaning one division of a cleft hoof. A common variant of the epithet is Old Cloots. There is a piece of land, called Clootie's Croft, that is left untilled or found untillable as a gift to the Devil. Another provincial English and Scottish euphemism for the Devil is Horny or Old Horny.

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