pishogue, piseog, pishrogue
// n. charm, spell, superstitious practice (e.g., puttin eggs in
haycocks, clothes on bushes, counting magpies, throwing salt over the
shoulder, etc.); anything connected with sorcery; a tall tale,
something untrue < Ir. piseog, pisreog; piseogaí n. one who practises
piseogs. ‘She was full of piseogs, like hanging a St. Brigid’s cross
near where she was doing the churning to ward off anyone stealing the
butter’, ‘He told me not to carry anything into the house over my left
shoulder in case of bad luck, but that’s only an old piseog!’;
Griffin, The Collegians, 104: “Mr. Enright’s dairyman, Bill Noonan
made a pishog, and took away our butter’ (a footnote explains: “A
mystic rite, by which one person is enabled to make a supernatural
transfer of his neighbour’s butter into his own churns. The failure
and diminution of butter at different times, from the poverty of the
cream, appears so unaccountable that the country people can only
attribute it to witchcraft”), Joyce, U., 319.25-26: “‘A pishogue, if
you know what that is’”.

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