Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Jan 25 20:05:11 UTC 2010

At 10:27 AM -0500 1/25/10, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>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.

I think it was in the mid-'70s that I informally proposed Scarf 'N'
Barf as a good name for one of my unsuccessful (but honestly
publicized) fast-food chains. (Its major competitor was the Slurp 'N'
Burp.)  A Scoff 'N' Boff franchise would feature...other offerings.


>On Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 1:11 AM, Herb Stahlke <hfwstahlke at> wrote:
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>>  Subject:      Re: scoff/scarf
>>  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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