Tuesday, September 21, 2010
British Word of the Day
skint Adj. lacking funds (British slang term)
The father of The Founding Bettys used to talk a lot about money. As his profession was teaching high school industrial arts (love the 'arts' part of working with an acetylene torch) and as his brood was a massive one we were often short of funds. But along with other pearls of wisdom doled out by the old man (such as 'Measure twice, cut once' and 'Buy the worst house on the nicest street', etc. (you have no idea how much is covered by 'etc.')) we were given his opinion about how currency surpluses and deficits might effect our attitudes about ourselves.
Time without number I would hear, 'Betty Keira (how did he know!), we're not poor; we're broke.' He might be telling me this while he had me captive on a chair lift on the side of a snowy mountain dressed in the finest skiing gear the Saint Vincent de Paul thrift store had to offer. Poor, to him, was people who were stuck. Broke was a temporary state out of which rose the most marvelous contrivances known to man.
Dad would understand 'skint'.