"scumble" [Was: Inconsistent taboos on Fox News]

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Sun Nov 4 22:43:21 UTC 2007

On 10/31/07, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> My eighth-grade art teacher was the first person I ever heard use the word
> to "scumble."  As I recall, he said it meant to rub and rub a line, as
> sketched, for example, with charcoal, so as to eliminate any sharp edges and
> present a subdued less distinct effect.

Probably unrelated to the fictional alcoholic beverage of the same name,
made from "apples, mostly" (in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series).

m a m

1. http://www.lspace.org/books/apf/mort.html -- search for "scumble"
2. http://www.lspace.org/fandom/filks/discfilk/scumble.html or

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

More information about the Ads-l mailing list