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According to the Dictionary of Eye-Watering Words, figgin is a small short-crust pasty containing raisins and seems to be a popular coffee-time snack in Ankh-Morpork. In Lancashire and the Manchester area, it is perhaps better known as a "Chorley Cake".

In Roundworld, figgin was originally a term used to describe an unscrupulous trick used in horse trading. A ginger root was inserted in the anus or vagina of a horse to make it appear more lively and disguise its real condition. The practice then entered the sado-masochism field, with which, according the Urban Dictionary, it is now associated. It also resonates with frigging which is a sexual reference, originally associated with masturbation but is now simply a minced oath for fucking. But since Lord Snapcase was strung up by his friggin when he was overthrown and the oath of allegiance of the Elucidated Brethren of the Ebon Night, contains a description of the horrors that would befall a traitor, ending: "...and his figgin placed upon a spike, the reader can assume that Pratchett is likely using the word as a euphemism for the male sex organ rather than its original or its Urban Dictionary definition. It seems highly unlikely that Lord Snapcase was strung up with a tea cake or that having your tea cake put on a spick would deter people from committing treason. It would also seem that there is a history of baked goods having a sexual double entendre in Ankh-Morpork (See Twopenny Upright).

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