Brit' Word of the Day....

Todays BWOTD originates from our seafaring history:

"When they showed up, it totally scuppered our plans"

"The whole event was scuppered by bad weather"

Scuppered = obstruct something, throw a monkey wrench in

This term comes from our nations seafaring days, the scupper being a drain designed to allow water to flow overboard from the deck of a ship. To be “scuppered” is to be hit by a wave large enough to knock you into this drain. It is also derived from the obvious seafaring term, where “scuppering” something is to sink it.

1 comment:

Rhea said...

I love the word scuppered. These posts are really great. I don't always comment on them, but I enjoy them immensely!

Maybe I should start a Texas phrase version of this...