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Hunting ‘snipe’ in the English lexicon

A snipe stands on a shallow sand bar in Broad Creek, Fla. Source: Robert Harbison / The Christian Science Monitor

As a child I played my share of games at summer camp, but I never went on a snipe hunt. This is a kind of practical joke that was particularly popular among the Boy Scouts. A new Scout would be told stories about “the snipe,”

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