"Slights of hand"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri May 8 01:24:47 UTC 2009

In this week's on-line report from an investment advisory newsletter
I subscribe to:

Magic Tricks
Slights of hand, misdirection, pulling sound bites out of hats ...

I always thought it was "sleight".  But the OED has 15 quotations
with "slight" (37 with "sleight").  Most (I guess 10) are from the
pre-standardized-spelling early 18th century -- but the most-recent
is 1857--1892.


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