Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 25 15:27:16 UTC 2010

Both _scoff_ and _scarf_ are known in the US.  _Scoff_ used to be (a hundred
and more years ago) associated with deep-sea sailors. _Scarf_ (perhaps
surprisingly) first shows up in AAVE and begins to move into WAVE in the

Or so the limited records indicate.

On Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 1:11 AM, Herb Stahlke <hfwstahlke at> wrote:

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> I knew and used only "scarf."  OED has scoff/scaff/scarf, giving
> "scoff" as the dominant variant of "scaff" and "scarf" as an American
> variant.  I just came across "scoff" in RA Delderfield's _To Serve
> them all my Days_, p. 87, "to scoff tea and chudleys."  I don't know
> if that's St. Louis usage, though.
> Herb
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