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What does scug mean?

Posted by Bruce Kahl on July 28, 2003

In Reply to: What does scug mean? posted by GPP on July 28, 2003

: : context doesn't say anything more. but I guess it's NOT anything abbreviation.
: : I come along this word in donald barthelme's Snow White, page 37.
: : Thanks for your help.
: :

: Tell us where you are in the book. My 1972 Antheum paperback page 37 begins "SNOW WHITE was cleaning. "Book lice do not bite people," she said to herself. [etc.]"; no 'scug' on that page. Oh, OK, on my page 31. You're right, no context whatever, and presumably not an abbreviation. Probably a made-up nonsense word for its emotional weight rather than carrying any meaning, but let's see if anyone can contribute anything better.

I don't know if the following is better but here goes:


Scug (?), v. i. [Cf. Dan. skugge to darken, a shade, SW. skugga to shade, a shade, Icel. skuggja to shade, skuggi a shade.] To hide. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

Scug, n. A place of shelter; the declivity of a hill. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.


Definition 1: The hair that accumulates on the drain of a shower after use.
Usage Example: When I went into the shower this morning, the scug on top of the drain nearly blocked the water from going down.

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