Skedaddle

run for it“Come on kiddo, let’s skedaddle.” This is another of those words that’s fun to say. It’s brought to you here, courtesy of a recommendation from my mom. After reading the post on meander, she nominated skedaddle as somewhat of an opposite word. I can see that. When you meander you’re taking your time, and have no particular agenda. When you skedaddle, you’re making a run for it. According to World Wide Words, skedaddle was a product of the Civil War, and “started out as military slang with the meaning of fleeing the battlefield or retreating hurriedly.” Apparently, “Its first appearance in print, in the New York Tribune of 10 August 1861, made this clear: “No sooner did the traitors discover their approach than they ‘skiddaddled’, (a phrase the Union boys up here apply to the good use the seceshers make of their legs in time of danger).”” It’s also said skedaddle is, “from a Scottish or Northern English dialect word meaning to spill or scatter, in particular to spill milk. This may be from Scots skiddle, meaning to splash water about or spill. ” And with that, I’m going to, well, you know, skedaddle.

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