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Noun--One who seeks the truth by playing devil's advocate. A cutting and acerbic wit. Particularly, one who uses facts and reason to expose the illogic and factually fraudulent fanaticism of extremists. From the combination of old New England slang terms for the devil ("Old Nick," "Mr. Scratch," etc.) and the idea of sharp and cutting wit "nicking" and "scratching" the intellectual dullness of the pointless but persistent political extremists.
Matt: Did you read that latest series of lies from Ted? Pure paleo-con palaver.

Stumpy: Yeah, what a load of horseshit. But Nick Scratch cut that dullard down to size.

Matt: Facts and reason will do that. Ted's still a dick for posting that, though.
by Randy Goodman June 19, 2006
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