Thread: Snickersnee
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Old 01-17-2017, 06:37 PM
Kimstu Kimstu is offline
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Originally Posted by Peter Morris View Post
Or is it a generic term that can apply to any bladed weapon?
I think that's closer to the truth. Compare this reference from John Arbuthnot's early 18th-century History of John Bull that uses the word as a verb:
When he saw that John was still inexorable, he pulled out a case-knife, with which he used to snicker-snee, and threatened to cut his own throat.
A large sword-like knife that could be used either to thrust ("steake", "snick") or cut ("snye", "snee") seems to be as specific as the term gets in noun form.