Mumbles … Scalawag

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I learned a couple of things today.  First of all, Scalawag is not just a term pirates used.  It was also a derogatory term used after the Civil War by Southerners towards those in the South that were working with the Northerners trying to reunite the country.  I always just thought it was a term for someone like a scoundrel or rascal.

But that is not all I learned.  I learned that Kirk Douglas wrote (along with Robert Louis Stevenson and two others), directed and starred in the 1973 movie Scalawag.  Never heard of it?  Neither had I, but I see according to IMDB it was made in Yugoslavia and only got a 5.1 out of 10 rating.

And I did a search for a quote with the word in it.  Leave it to George Carlin to come up with something, “I went through the usual stages: imp, rascal, scalawag, whippersnapper.  And, of course, after than it’s just a small step to full blown sociopath.”

I hope you learned a little something today too.


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – scalawag

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