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noun (snik-er-snee)

A knife, especially one used as a weapon.

Oh, never shall I / Forget the cry, / Or the shriek that shriekèd he, / As I gnashed my teeth, / When from its sheath / I drew my snickersnee!
W. S. Gilbert, The Mikado, 1885

Snickersnee is a variant of the earlier snick or snee, which in turn comes from the Dutch steken meaning “to stick” and snijden meaning “to cut.”

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Judy’s writing journey began at the ripe old age of 8 when her very first poem was published in the regional publication of the American Library Association.

Her mother was the town librarian and Judy spent many hours hanging out among the books after school. It was there she found her true love . . . words.

Her inborn gift for writing began to blossom and was fueled by her love of reading. Her parents were writers, as well as her grandfather and great grandfather. The little poem she had published was entitled, ‘My Dog’ and vividly described in rhyme, the relationship between young Judy and her dog. However, when asked the name of her dog by the paper’s editor, she reluctantly admitted, “Well . . . I don’t actually have a REAL dog,” and thus began her imaginative journey with pen and paper.