Sanas of Scud, Scudding, Skedaddle
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Fri Dec 17 07:07:38 UTC 2004
Sciuird (pron. scoord), pl. Sciurdeanna (pron. scoordang, “nn” = "ng” )
Rush, dash; flying quickly; a quick run, a rapid run; a swift race; a flying
visit. (Dineen, p. 975; O'Donaill, p. 1055) (al. sciúrd)
Thug siad sciuird reatha thar an droichead, they made a quick run over the
Paddy is an old Irish-born seaman in The Hairy Ape.
PADDY: “Oh to be scudding south again wid the power of the Trade Wind
driving her steady through the nights and days! ...the foam of the wake would be
flaming wid fire...” (O'Neill, The Hairy Ape, p. 214)
Irish jack tars, merchant seaman, sailors. and privateers, called themselves
bocaí aniar (buccaneers), "wild playboys of the west " as they went scudding
across the world's oceans.
Scud, v. run, move swiftly. 1532...perhaps verb use of Middle English scut,
rabbit, rabbit’s tail (1440); early scot (probably before 1300); of uncertain
origin." (Barnhart, p. 974)
On that note, it is time for me to skedaddle, before a gang of Harvard
English Professors force me to pledge allegiance to the OED.
Sciuird ar dólámh (pron. scoord ar dolaaw)
An all out rush, a quick flying dash.
Sciuird: rush, dash; quick run, flying visit. (OD, p. 1055, see above)
Ar dólámh (ar dolaaw, "mh" = "w"), all out, strenuously, with both hands.
MILLER (preemptorily): “You kids skedaddle – all of you.” (O'Neill, Ah
Wilderness, p. 93)
Skedaddle... skeedaddle, v.i. (Of soldiers) to flee; originates 1861, (in)
U.S. 'The American War has produced a new and amusing word. Probably of
fanciful origin, though H's 'The word is very fair Greek, the root being that of
"skeddadumi", to disperse, to retire tumultuously, and it was probably set
afloat from some Professor at Harvard' is not to be dismissed with contempt.'
A Dictionary of Slang, Eric Partridge, p. 1076.
Time to scram (scaraim, I depart, separate, fig. "split")
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