-----Original Message-----

From: Saeki, John

Sent: Friday, May 27, 2005 2:47 PM

To: Horsley, Mark; Wong, Bobo

Subject: FW: A.Word.A.Day--scut

 

Have you seen this? My last day at work and this is the word. Are they trying to tell me something?

 

-----Original Message-----

From: Wordsmith [mailto:wsmith@wordsmith.org]

Sent: Friday, May 27, 2005 12:09 PM

To: linguaphile@wordsmith.org

Subject: A.Word.A.Day--scut

 

scut (skut) noun

 

   A worthless, contemptible fellow.

   This term often appears in the form "scut work".

 

[Or uncertain origin, perhaps from scout.]

 

   A short erect tail, especially of a hare, rabbit, or deer.

 

[Of unknown origin.]

 

Today's word in Visual Thesaurus: http://visualthesaurus.com/?w1=scut

 

  "The Voice: Heave a rope when we come alongside. [Then irritably.]

   Where are ye, ye scut?"

   Eugene O'Neill; Anna Christie; 1922.

 

This week's theme: insults.

 

A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. -Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)

 

This message was sent to "Johns@pearsoned.com.hk".

 

-----Original Message-----

From: Wong, Bobo

Sent: Friday, May 27, 2005 14:55 PM

To: Horsley, Mark; Saeki, John

Subject: RE: A.Word.A.Day—scut

 

Emm... very suggestive both in terms of the 'fellow' and the 'work'.

 

 

-----Original Message-----

From: Horsley, Mark

Sent: 27 May 2005 15:51

To: Saeki, John; Wong, Bobo

Subject: RE: A.Word.A.Day--scut

 

John, you didn't know they took requests? Nice choice, Ms. Wong! :-)

 

-----Original Message-----

From: Wong, Bobo

Sent: Friday, May 27, 2005 4:16 PM

To: Horsley, Mark; Saeki, John

Subject: RE: A.Word.A.Day--scut

 

Oh no, no, no, you're v wrong here. I'm never a customer of 'wordsmith'. Mark, was it you?

 

-----Original Message-----

From: Horsley, Mark

Sent: 27 May 2005 16:46

To: Wong, Bobo; Saeki, John

Subject: RE: A.Word.A.Day--scut

 

I notice OED's word of the is "traitor" ... Ms, Wong? :-)

 

 

-----Original Message-----

From: Wong, Bobo

Sent: Friday, May 27, 2005 4:53 PM

To: Horsley, Mark; Saeki, John

Subject: RE: A.Word.A.Day--scut

 

If you really want to know:

 

laetificant

 

[lit-TIFF-i-kunt] a rare adjective meaning 'antidepressant, cheering'. Usually used about medicine.

 

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