Old Scratch

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"Mr. Scratch" redirects here. For the film, see The Devil and Daniel Webster (film).

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