Q: "scrug", a noun from circa 1676?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Dec 4 03:55:26 UTC 2010

At 12/3/2010 10:23 PM, John McChesney-Young wrote:
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>The EDD s.v. "scrog" sb.^2 offers "A quarrel, dispute."

Good intuition and/or hunting!  (The EDD also has "Scrug, see
Scrog(g, sb.").  Not in the OED, which is why my search for "scr?g"
did not turn it up.

Since neither "scrog" (in this sense) nor "scrug" is in the OED, when
I get my quotation it will surely be an antedating!  :-)  And the EDD
doesn't offer any date or quotations.


>On Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 7:12 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
> > Can anyone suggest what "scrug" might be in the following?  A variant
> > spelling of something?
> >
> > After describing an Indian attack in King Philip's War (circa 1676),
> > an observer wondered "what god in such a scrug Intends"....
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