Douglas Scotney

Gold Star - 58,812 Points (boomer / Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Resides in Adelaide)

Scratchin' - Poem by Douglas Scotney

For brevity, rhythm, rhyme and the connotashuns,
I'm gonna start callin' m' diction'ry m' dairy.

It says here 'write' is from OE writan 'to scratch'.
It says escritoire, 'writin' desk', was scriptorium in old Rome,
and that's from scribere 'to write'.

If scribere and our 'scribble' are from 'scratch'
is up to speculashuns,
but what I milked from the dairy
is that escarere is 'to scar',
which is close enough to 'scratch'
to call a 'scribe'
a 'scar', 'scarrer' or 'scarey'.

Topic(s) of this poem: language


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, August 27, 2016

Poem Edited: Sunday, August 28, 2016


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