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"Pound of Flesh"
was featured by Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, D.F.A. on "The Wørd" segment of "The Colbert Report"
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Pound of Flesh (bargaining chip)

  1. the trading of body parts for reduced jail time, common in South Carolina
  2. the death penalty in a few easy installments
Origin: William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, Act I, Scene III
SHYLOCK (the jew):
This kindness will I show.
Go with me to a notary, seal me there
Your single bond; and, in a merry sport,
If you repay me not on such a day,
In such a place, such sum or sums as are
Express'd in the condition, let the forfeit
Be nominated for an equal pound
Of your fair flesh, to be cut off and taken
In what part of your body pleaseth me.

Pound of Flesh was The Wørd on the March 19, 2007 edition of The Colbert Report.

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