ellesieg (ellesieg) wrote in 1word1day,

Tuesday Word: clapperdudgeon

A clapperdudgeon, or clapper dudgeon, was a type of con artist common during the Elizabethan era. In order to appear as pitiful and deserving of alms as possible, one would give themselves sores by applying salt, various plants, etc. to their skin, dress in bloody rags and then beg for money. Well..that's one way to make a living!
Tags: c, noun, wordsmith: ellesieg

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