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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).

RAGGER, n. An Ork. sea-taboo word for a knife.Ork. 1890 Old-Lore Misc. (1909) II. ii. 106:
If I called the knife I used for cutting the throat of the cod a knife, I had to throw it overboard. It had to be called a “ragger”. That was to keep the devil away.
Ork. 1911 J. Omond Orkney 6:
A knife had to be called some other name as tullie or ragger.

[Agent n. from Eng. rag, to make ragged, tear.]

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