What is a shrift, and why do I care if I get a short one?
-- Rick Greenburg, San Diego
Shrift: noun; (1) confession of sin; (2) absolution following confession. Short shrift: noun; (1) long ago in merrye olde England, the brief time allowed a condemned prisoner to confess his sins before being hanged. Long on sins, short on shrift? No good, I guess.