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meaning and origin of ‘teetotum’ | word histories
L’Enfant au toton (1738), by Jean-Siméon Chardin (1699-1779) The word teetotum, which dates back to the 18th century, denotes a small four-sided disk or die having an initial letter inscribed on each of its sides, and a spindle passing down through it by which it could be twirled or spun with the fingers [...]