3/7/08

Brit' Word of the Day....

This is a word that originated in London as Cockney Rhyming Slang for the Scapa Flow:

"You'd better scarper before she catches you here"


'Scarper' = run off / leave very quickly


This is still in daily use around London and the surrounding area's, but most Brit's would know what you mean by this.

3 comments:

Vickie said...

I know this one from the BBC America shows I watch, especially the police dramas....the criminals are always scarpering off.

Its Just Me - Daring to Dream said...

Fun learning about your new environment and teaching others about the one you left behind huh? You seem to be adjusting quite nicely. Btw, I've tagged you. If not okay, just let me know and i can remove it. You are a shining example of being a transplant and how things are 'supposed' to settle out to be.

pamokc said...

but now you must explain what "scapa flow" is .... that isn't common knowledge to us americans either!

from what i recall, and having visited John O'Groats once and it being explained to me then ....

Scapa Flow is an ocean area north of Scotland but before the Orkney Islands, where some naval ships were sunk to keep them from being captured. WWI or WWII, I can't remember now (and too lazy to google it for accuracy) ...

please correct me if i'm wrong on this.

I LOVE the Brit Word of the Day. :)