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  • An object of flouting or ridicule; a laughing-stock. See also: flouting-stock. "The Caledonian tutor is a scape-goat for all the sins of his pupil, a butt and a target for all the wit of his master -- which in very deed is obtuse, heavy, and personal, both in its structure and in its effect; the vilest of menials to his mistress; and a floutingstock to vulgar lacquers and pert chamber-maids."
    -Laurence Langshank, "Things in General: Being Delineations of Persons, Places, Scene, Circumstances, Situations, and Occurences in the Metropolis, and other Parts of Britain with An Autobiographical Sketch in Limine, and A Notice Touching Edinburgh.

    June 20, 2015