Old Scratch

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Mr. Scratch redirects here. For the film of that title, see The Devil and Daniel Webster (film) circa 1941.

Old Scratch or Mr. Scratch is a name of the Devil, chiefly in Southern US English. The name likely continues Middle English scrat, the name of a demon or goblin, derived from Old Norse skratte.[1]


Examples of usage of the name "Old Scratch" are found in:


  1. ^ "Old Scratch", The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (Houghton Mifflin Company), Fifth Edition, 2011