A Word Properly Applied To A Lot Of Projects

Today’s word for use in tomorrow’s status meeting: Sooterkin.

A sooterkin is a fabled small creature about the size of a mouse that certain women were believed to have been capable of giving birth to. The origin of this initially jocular fantasy lies in the 18th century, and came to be considered factual by some eminent physicians of the day. It is attributed[1] to a tendency of Dutch women to use stoves under their petticoats to keep warm, hence causing the breeding of these small animals, which when mature would be born.

A sooterkin may also be used to refer to an abortion, an abortive scheme, or a failed plan.

(Word seen here, although not in context.)

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