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19th-May-2006 10:11 pm
OH! and after being left to fire the kiln (mostly) alone today, i failed to burn myself (OR tafe down for that matter).

I did tear my pants however, so i didn't get away scott free (is it spelt scotfree, scott free, or other? where does this saying come from?)
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19th-May-2006 12:59 pm (UTC)
Etymologically speaking, it's "scot free" and means to avoid paying your taxes. It came from the Nordic "scot" meaning a tax or payment, and arrived in the UK the 1200s.
19th-May-2006 12:59 pm (UTC) - Or maybe this
The International Network of Spies reports:
Scot free

Meaning: To get away with something without paying a price.
Example: Some might say OJ got off scot free.
Origin: Scot was the Scottish term for a unit of taxation. Anyone who did not have to pay taxes got off "Scot free".
Alternatively,

A slate for marking pub bills is called a scot. Scot free is to not pay the bill on your Scot.

Alternatively,

Refers to Dred Scott, a slave who crossed from a "slave state" to a "free state". In the days of US slavery, the Dred Scott case was a landmark US Supreme Court decision that ruled that slaves were property and had no rights.

19th-May-2006 01:23 pm (UTC)
I love phrase etymology. For this reason alone your journal was entertaining today!

*waves* It's a Katje. And no, I won't say A and S for you anymore. *glares*
19th-May-2006 03:03 pm (UTC)
heh heh heh

you will.
19th-May-2006 11:30 pm (UTC)
scot-free is hyphenated like so.
hope it wasn't your very stylish ladies flared jeans that you teared...
19th-May-2006 11:34 pm (UTC)
they tore a while ago. i now don't own any pants wihtout holes...
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21st-May-2006 02:07 am (UTC)
one wishes.

fortunately it gave me a greta excuse to goto savers, and now i own 4 new(ish) pairs of jeans. super!
21st-May-2006 02:09 am (UTC)
tore. btw. "... flared jeans that you tore"
21st-May-2006 08:51 am (UTC)
haven't you heard of pregnancy brain? you just get to make shit up... kind of like your brain in day-to-day life ;) touche!
23rd-May-2006 10:38 am (UTC) - Herro
The International Network of Spies reports:
I think Scot-free is used on food labelling. It indicates that the food contains no Scottish people.

Glad to be of service,

Bertram.
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