Sunday, January 07, 2007

Fascinating words part 1

Nicky was thumbing through Mr Chambers' fine dictionary this morning to confirm a word for a rabbit's tail to help Ivy complete a crossword.

The word is "scut".

Scut means, and I quote, " a short, erect tail, as in a hare, rabbit or deer...".

But the real joy of the word is that it has a second meaning: "a contemptuous term for a small person". I have no idea to whom I might apply such a term, but I'm sure I'll think of someone.


Anonymous said...

You dare...
Small but perfectly formed

Anonymous said...

Hear Hear!

Anonymous said...

You should add "Ramjollock" to your lexicon, even if you don't know what it means - and I do - it has a lovely ring to it, don't you think?

The Millbrooker said...

I'm pleased to report that Ramjollock is a verb meaning to shuffle cards. Ha - I did know.
(After I'd looked it up, anyway)