== From John Hall <[log in to unmask]> ==
>> Blowing out or away as an exorcism or in token of renunciation of the
>> New Oxford Shorter English Dictionary 1993
>> "Christopher M. Mislow" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> "Exsufflating"? This is a new term to me (and to my supposedly
>> Random House dictionary). What, praytell, does it -- and the action of
>> exsufflating idols -- denote?
Please forgive the admittedly off-topic speculation, but perhaps this
practice is the origin of (or kindred to) that of "whistling in the
graveyard" to ward off evil spirits.