PrayersRebus brain teasers use words or letters in interesting orientations to represent common phrases.
How is line #3 represented in this rebus?
1. The shoemaker prays that blessings will be bestowed on everyone.
2. The watchmaker prays for good fortune.
3. The tinker prays a malevolent prayer that God will bring misfortune on someone.
4. The carpenter prays that all will be well.
AnswerA tinker's curse.
This is an early phrase - 'a tinker's curse' (or cuss), which highlighted the reputation tinkers had for habitual use of profanity. This example from John Mactaggart's The Scottish Gallovidian Encyclopedia, 1824, states:
"A tinker's curse she did na care what she did think or say."
N.B. There seems to be another expression: a "tinker's dam" - a small dam of solder made by tinkers when mending pans. It seems a "tinker's curse" was a more popular expression because tinkers were reputed to swear habitually.
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