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squib, canthus

squib \'skwib\
noun.  1.  a) a small firecracker; b) a broken firecracker, a dud
  2. a) a small pyrotechnic or electric device used to ignite a charge, or to fire an igniter in a rocket
  3. a) a short humorous or satiric writing or speech;
      b)  a short news item, filler
  4. a small measure of quantity ("a squib of gin")
verb, intransitive.  1.  to speak, write, or publish squibs
  2.  to fire a squib
verb, transitive.  1.  a) to utter in an offhand manner; b) to make squibs against:  lampoon
  2.  to shoot off:  fire
  3.  to kick ( a football) just far enough on a kickoff to be legally recoverable by the kicking team.

And, in the Harry Potter universe, a squib is a child born of magical parents but having no ability.

Etymology:  Apparently not much is known about the origin; my dictionary says the first known use as a noun was around1530.  All the meanings seem to have in common a sense of something diminutive or inferior.

canthus
\'kan thəs\, noun. 
   Either of the angles formed by the meeting of the upper and lower eyelids.

Etymology:  Late Latin, from the Greek kanthos (corner, bend, rim).

There once was a man who squibbed words;
His offhand advice earned regards:
"Simply stare at papyrus
'Til blood drips from the canthus,
And you'll be the best of blind bards."
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