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 Curry Favour.Curse of Scotland. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Curse or Cuss.
 
Not worth a curse. I don’t care a curse (or cuss). Here “curse” is a corruption of cerse or kerse. Similarly, the Latin nihil [nihilum] is ne hilum, not [worth] the black eye of a bean. Other phrases are “not a straw,” “not a pin,” “not a rap,” “not a dam,” “not a bit,” “not a jot,” “not a pin’s point,” “not a button.” (Anglo-Saxon, cerse, cress; German, kirsche, a cherry.)   1
       
“Wisdom and witt nowe is not worthe a kerse.”
       
Robert Langeland: Piers Ploughman.
 


 Curry Favour.Curse of Scotland. 

 
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