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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SCOTCHING

Another friend once said to me: "It is the rush and hurry and strenuousness of modern life which is scotching the drama."

Now, it appears that I shall figure very prominently in the work of scotching this snake.

WORD ORIGIN

"of Scotland," 1590s, contraction of Scottish. Disdained by the Scottish because of the many insulting and pejorative formations made from it by the English (e.g. Scotch greys "lice;" Scotch attorney, a Jamaica term from 1864 for strangler vines).

Scotch-Irish is from 1744 (adj.); 1789 (n.); more properly Scots-Irish (1966), from Scots (mid-14c.), the older adjective, which is from Scottis, the northern variant of Scottish. Scots (adj.) was used in Scottish until 18c., then Scotch became vernacular, but in mid-19c. there was a reaction against it. Scotch Tape was said to be so called because at first it had adhesive only on the edges (to make it easier to remove as a masking tape in car paint jobs), which was interpreted as a sign of cheapness on the part of the manufacturers.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.