American folk name for the devil, more often given as “Old Scratch.” May have derived from Schratz or Skratti, a demon of Scandinavian mythology. Turns up most famously as the devil’s name in “The Devil and Tom Walker,” an 1824 story by Washington Irving, and then “The Devil and Daniel Webster,” a 1937 story by Stephen Vincent Benet -- both of which have been made into movies. The plot is very similar to that of Faust.