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"Shuffle off this mortal COIL" (Shakespeare)

Posted by Bruce on November 02, 2003

I believe this word "Coil" could be a misheard misnomer.
The correct phrase might be "mortal CAUL" which one indeed "shuffles off". The caul was given great importance in the past.