from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as shatter-brained.
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Instead, I who am a famed champion go daily in distrust, almost in fear, of these incomprehensible and shatter-pated beings.
And everywhere, in every age, it seemed to him, men stumbled amiable and shatter-pated through a jungle of miracles, blind to its wonderfulness, and intent to gain a little money, food and sleep, a trinket or two,
So the protoplasm -- that first imperceptible pinhead of living matter -- had become a fish; the fish had become a batrachian, the batrachian a reptile, the reptile a mammal; thus had the puppets continuously been reshaped, into more elaborate forms more captivating to the eye, until amiable and shatter-pated man stood erect in the world.