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  • Titivil: a devil whose job was to collect up the fragments of words or phrases that monks skipped or mumbled while they were reciting divine service

    also: Titivil became a convenient scapegoat in monastery scriptoria. The inevitable little accidents that happen when copying manuscripts, such as jogging of elbows and skipping of pens that caused blots, false strokes, and ink smears, were also attributed to him

    (taken from http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/ww-tit3.htm)

    August 5, 2009