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A.Word.A.Day--cockshut

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This week's theme: Words that seem risque.

cockshut (KOK-shut) noun

Evening; twilight.

[Apparently from the time when poultry is shut in to rest.]

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"Thomas the Earl of Surrey, and himself, Much about cockshut time, from troop to troop Went through the army, cheering up the soldiers." William Shakespeare; The Tragedy of King Richard the Third; 1592-93.

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A city that outdistances man's walking powers is a trap for man. -Arnold Toynbee, historian (1889-1975)

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