Ferriture? Uriferret? Irrefuter?

The Target in today’s SMH has me baffled:

E R R
F E T
I R U

I have a program I usually run it through if I can’t get it immediately, to at least see how many words it finds from a fairly comprehensive word list (the British English dictionary file that comes with Ubuntu, wherever that comes from). It didn’t match any 9-letter words. So this is either a really obscure word, or a not-too-canonical slang word (it missed “scallywag” once – and no, no pun on “Canonical”), or a mistake.

Waaaait… sorry, I spoke too soon. My online solver, which uses a bigger dictionary, did get it. And now I know what it is. And I probably would have worked it out if I’d thought about it for a few more minutes. Damn.

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