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rapscallion (rap-SKAL-yen) noun

A rascal; rogue.

[From alteration of rascallion, from rascal.]

"Perhaps therefore it is not surprising that the politicians should tend to behave like knaves and rapscallions, anxious only to steal as much as possible as quickly as possible." Showdown in Pakistan, The Economist (London), Dec 6, 1997.

"Versatile actor David Scully stars in this irreverent version of Moliere's comedy about a rapscallion servant meddling in romance while trying to stave off his nasty boss." Misha Berson, Lights Going Down, Curtain Going Up On Theater Season, The Seattle Times, Sep 13, 2002.

This week's theme: kangaroo words, words that have a joey (a smaller word with a similar sense) within them.


Please subdue the anguish of your soul. Nobody is destined only to happiness or to pain. The wheel of life takes one up and down by turn. -Kalidasa, dramatist (c. 4th century)

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