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ILL-SCRAPIT, adj. Also -scraipit, -scrappit, -scrawpit, -skrepid. Of the tongue: not clean, hence slanderous, abusive, rude, bitter (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Cai. 1902 E.D.D., Cai., Mry. 1958). Rarely of the speaker. Abd. 1777 R. Forbes Ulysses' Answer 24:
Compare you then to Thersites Wha for's ill-scrappit tongue, An' shamble chafts, got on his back Puss wi' the nine tails hung.
Sc. 1818 Scott Rob Roy xxvii.:
It's ill-scrapit tongues like your's, that make mischief atween neighbourhoods.
wm.Sc. 1837 Laird of Logan 57:
Ye hae an ill-scrapit tongue in your head, and it ill becomes you, my certie, to speak to me in that way.
m.Lth. 1894 P. H. Hunter J. Inwick 121:
Awa I gaed, no' sweer to get quit o' him, an' be oot o' reach o' his ill-scrapit tongue.
Mry. 1914 H. J. Warwick Tales from the Toon 33:
The wife, ye see, had a gey ill-scrawpit tongue.
Ags. 1933 W. Muir Mrs Ritchie xvi.:
If anybody gets the sack it'll be you, Bet Bowman, for your ill-scrapit tongue.
Ork. 1956 C. M. Costie Benjie's Bodle 170:
“Haad thee ill-skrepid tong,” I said, “an' hint a' that stuff ben.”

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"Ill-scrapit adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 13 Jun 2021 <>



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