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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. A sweetheart or mistress.
2. An afterbirth formerly believed to be gotten by Dutch women by warming themselves on stoves.
3. Something imperfect or unsuccessful.
Apparently from Dutch zoet (sweet). Earliest documented use: 1530.
“sooterkin, my twin
how oft I see you in dark corners of this room
so like our early home, a hot dark womb”
Alison Calder; Wolf Tree; Coteau Books; 2007.
“Dr. Maubray even claimed that he had seen and delivered a sooterkin when he was traveling on a ferry from Harlingen to Amsterdam and a woman fell into labor on board.”
Jan Bondeson; A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities; W.W. Norton; 1999.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Think for yourself and question authority. -Timothy Leary, psychologist and writer (22 Oct 1920-1996)