[Ads-l] scrapnel

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Aug 31 16:17:00 EDT 2019


> On Aug 31, 2019, at 4:43 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
>> 2012 Ibid. : Scrapnel is a newly coined hillbilly variation on the word
> shrapnel.
> 
> I don't know about _scrapnel_ specifically, but shr > skr as in shrimp >
> skrimp, Shreveport > Skrevepo, str > skr as in street > skreek, strive >
> skrive, skr > str as in scratch > stratch, etc. has been commonplace in BE
> since before WWII, at least.

And in older varieties of English, thank to Scandinavian influence, sometime earlier, whence “skirt” (vs. “shirt”), “scatter” (vs. “shatter”), “screw” (vs. “shrew”), “scabby” (vs. “shabby”),…. So maybe scrapnel is just Nordic shrapnel (from the Battle of Skreveport).


> 
> On Tue, Aug 27, 2019 at 11:07 AM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> 
>> Some time in the '90s I encountered the word "scrapnel," possibly in a
>> Simpsons comic book. It meant "shrapnel." Naturally I ignored it.
>> 
>> 1993
>> https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1993-07-05-9307050094-story.html
>> : Agincic
>> treated him last year when he was hit in the leg with scrapnel.
>> 
>> 1997  https://www.blackbirds.net/u2/u2-timeline/u2tl60.html  : Anderson
>> was
>> killed when scrapnel punctured pressure suit causing suit to decompress at
>> altitude, posthumously awarded Air Force Cross (PH).
>> 
>> 2000 http://www.spfc.org/news-press/interviews.html?content_id=2710
>> <http://www.spfc.org/news-press/interviews.html?content_id=2710.>:   like
>> scrapnel of a teenage atom bomb.
>> 
>> 2009 Urbandictionary.com : Scrapnel ... The splashback that actually hits
>> your ass when you have explosive diarrhea.
>> 
>> 2011 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HT2TxC4QVq4 : While visiting Verdun I
>> spotted this recently ploughed field and thought it might contain some
>> scrapnel or similar from World War One.
>> 
>> 2012 Ibid. : Scrapnel is a newly coined hillbilly variation on the word
>> shrapnel. Originally (mis)spoken by "Turtleman" on the show "Call of the
>> Wildman" during the "Speedway Demons" episode when referring to a racecar
>> crashing and throwing car parts around the track.
>> 
>> ca2018 http://www.spellcheck.net/misspelled-words/scrapnel
>> <http://www.spellcheck.net/misspelled-words/scrapnel> :  How to Spell
>> Scrapnel Correctly...We think the word scrapnel is a misspelling.
>> 
>> JL
>> --
>> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
>> 
>> ------------------------------------------------------------
>> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
>> 
> 
> 
> -- 
> -Wilson
> -----
> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
> -Mark Twain
> 
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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


More information about the Ads-l mailing list