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Feb 27, 2019
This week’s theme
Tosspot words

This week’s words
catchall
pinchpenny
scrapegut
rakehell
do-all

scrapegut
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with Anu Garg

scrapegut or scrape-gut

PRONUNCIATION:
(SKRAYP-guht)

MEANING:
noun: A fiddler.

ETYMOLOGY:
Traditionally, violin strings were made of catgut, which is gut or intestines of sheep or goat (not cats). The word scrapegut is a jocular or contemptuous reference to a violinist, as if scraping the strings. Earliest documented use: 1837.

USAGE:
“I am in tune with the fork, and ready ere master scrape-gut yonder has his rosin out.”
Arthur Maquarie; The Happy Kingdom; Bickers and Son; 1913.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman. -Marian Anderson, singer (27 Feb 1897-1993)

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