Word of the Week Wednesday: rapscallion


This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: rapscallion.

Rapscallion is another word for a scamp, a rogue or a rascal.

The connotation of the word is a trouble-maker who is mischievous rather than mean-spirited or truly harmful.

The word makes me think of those window-clings of Calvin peeing on things (often a rival sports team).

I generally find them obnoxious but more or less harmless (much as one might find a rapscallion).

The word always sticks in my mind from the song: “Be Italian” from the musical “Nine”.  I never saw the musical, but the performed the number during on of the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethons when I was growing up.

Neither the memory, the musical, nor the word itself are overwhelming positive to me, but I suppose it’s just how my memory works.

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About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

2 Responses to Word of the Week Wednesday: rapscallion

  1. Pingback: Word of the Week Wednesday: contumacious « On Language

  2. The Hook says:

    I’ve always loved this one!

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