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  • Annandale “jaffle�? has borrowed something, I think, from “whiffle�? and “shuffle,�? and other such words ending in the mute fl; but I take it to be a genuine old word; and it was copiously in use, and still is, in that quarter. To “jaffle,�? to lounge and saunter (paving Hell with good resolutions!), to promise and not perform, expect and not see fulfilled; “jaffler,�? “poor jaffling bodie,"—these, in that same sense, are phrases one still often hears. The people in that quarter say “snaffle,�? too; but that means, I think, to “bungle with haste,�? to “fidget and ineffectually try�?; and, except by the fl, is not related to “jaffle.�?

    Thomas Carlyle, letter to DAVID LAING

    Chelsea, 20 Augt, 1848.

    December 12, 2008