← Old ScratchYou do not have permission to edit this page, for the following reason: The action you have requested is limited to users in the group: Users. You can view and copy the source of this page. '''Old Scratch''' or '''Mr. Scratch''', like Old Nick, is a nickname for the devil. In the last century it was widely used in the eastern United States, especially in New England. ==Etymology== ''Scratch'' is attested in the Oxford English Dictionary from the 18th century onward in Great Britain as a colloquialism: “He'd have pitched me to Old Scratch” (Anthony Trollope, 1858). The source of the name is probably the Old Norse word ''skratte'', meaning "wizard, goblin, monster, or devil", a word which was used in late O.E. for "hermaphrodite" (cf. O.H.G. ''scrato'': "satyr, wood demon"). ==Art/Fiction== The character is exemplified in the short stories ''The Devil and Tom Walker'' by Washington Irving and ''The Devil and Daniel Webster'' by Stephen Vincent Benet. It is possible that the local legends containing this name were influenced by Faustian stories brought to North America by German immigrants. Old Scratch is also referred to in ''The Adventures of Tom Sawyer'' by Mark Twain. [[Category:American folklore]] [[Category:Demons]] Return to Old Scratch. Retrieved from "https://www.monstropedia.org/index.php?title=Old_Scratch"