- Joan the Wad
- A Cornish name for a *Will-o'-the-Wisp, originally limited to the area round Polperro, where it was noted by Jonathan Crouch in his history of the town; 'wad' is a dialect word for a torch. Besides leading people astray with her light, she sometimes tickled and pinched them, so Crouch classified her as a *pixy. A rhyme invoked her aid:Jack o' the lantern! Joan the wad,Who tickled the maid and made her mad!Light me home, the weather's bad.
A Dictionary of English folklore. Jacqueline Simpson & Steve Roud. 2014.
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