One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounEnglish Regional, South-Western
A small plot or narrow strip of land.
A verbal nicety, a subtle distinction; a frivolous or evasive argument; a quibble.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Acts of Parliament. Origin unknown<br>late 16th century; earliest use found in George Whetstone (d. 1587), writer. Apparently shortened from quillity. Compare later quiddit, quibble.
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