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scorrick

A fragment, the least particle. From Yorkshire: ‘Ah thowt ther would ha bin summat left, bud ther waant a scorrick’. The word turns up with several vowels, such as scerrick, scirrick, and scurrick, and the spellings with k are as common as those with c. In the form skerrick, it came to be common in colloquial Australian speech. The etymology isn’t known, but it sounds like a word with an Old Norse origin.


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Wherever you go in the English-speaking world, there are linguistic riches from times past awaiting rediscovery. All you have to do is choose a location, find some old documents, and dig a little.

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