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 derived from schratz or skratti, a demon of Scandinavian mythology, is a folk name for the devil in the local legends of New England and pre-Civil War America.[1] It is possible that the local legends containing this name were influenced by Faustian stories brought to North America by German immigrants.


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