Sunday, 5 August 2012
recording demon /printer's devil / patron demon of scribes
with which he fills his sack a thousand times a day.
collector of idle thoughts, errors in copying, lost syllables, provocateur, inverter of type, mis-speller of words
This recording demon was said to frequent churches and monasteries, and write down the sins of anyone he saw there. The sins he collected were then taken down to hell where they would be counted against the guilty person on Judgment Day.
"I am a poure dyuel, and my name ys Tytyvyllus ... I muste eche day ... brynge my master a thousande pokes full of faylynges, and of neglygences in syllables and wordes."
HE MADE ME DO IT