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Possible etymology[edit]

Etymonline suggests it is a variant of spirt, and perhaps cognate with Middle High German spürzen and sprützen. Sprützen is a cognate of sprout, which is from the PIE root of *sper-, and all derivatives have the sense of something spreading out. (spread itself is derived from this.) Perhaps it derives directly from sprutan (antecendent of sprout) via metathesis (w:metathesis). --Wytukaze 14:27, 14 May 2005 (UTC)

Odd occurrence in Dickens' "Little Dorrit"[edit]

"He spurted it [a piece of paper] into Mr Flintwinch's face when the old man advanced to take it." Equinox 11:49, 3 October 2015 (UTC)