ellesieg (ellesieg) wrote in 1word1day,

Tuesday Word: scarper

To scarper is to leave or flee. You can scarper by simply heading home at the end of the day, or you can scarper from a grizzly bear (good luck with that one) or a collapsing building. Scarper is often used in a less general sense, however, to refer to the act of skipping out on a bill or fleeing in order to avoid the consequences of one's actions.

Scarper is from the Italian scappare, meaning "to escape," and likely crossed into English via Cockney and/or Polari rhyming slang, in which "scapa flow" means "go." Scapa Flow is also a natural harbor in Scotland's Orkney Islands.
Tags: italian, s, verb, wordsmith: ellesieg

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