Just to say that the word scarmy certainly exists in NE English dialect and means dirty,I use it especially when describing dirty windows 'this glass is a bit scarmy'. (My family have always used it so it is at least 60 years old). Did a search for scarmy and found nothing but when did a search for 'scarmy window' found this - http://www.garymcmahon.com/2011/02/i-saw-her-that-one-time.html ...and found it is from a book by a NE author!