Word of the Week Wednesday: scupper

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

Scupper is a verb, used informally to prevent from happening or to wreck or ruin.

It’s also a noun for a drainage hole in a ship or the side of a building.

If the two meanings are related, I can’t find any evidence of it, nor can I find any similarity of meaning that would explain it.

Here’s an article explaining the verb meaning: The English Blog: Words in the News: Scupper

Not surprisingly, the verb usage is chiefly British, which probably goes a long way to explaining why I find it charming.




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.

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