Quiddit

Quid´dit


n.1.A subtilty; an equivocation.
By some strange quiddit or some wrested clause.
- Drayton.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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I could, perhaps pedantically, add to de Grazia's store of wordplay connecting Hamlet to the land his line on "the skull of a lawyer": "where be his quiddits now, his quillets ...?" There is a statute from 1597-98, concerning Beynershe (Benhurst) in Berkshire noting that "the sayde Hundred doth consiste onely of five small Villages and thre small Quylletts or Hamletts" (The Statutes of the Realm, 1819, vol.
His other books are An Octave to Mary (1893), Lyrics (1897), Child Verse (1899), Later Lyrics (1902), The Rosary in Rhyme (1904), and Quips and Quiddits (1907).