Tuesday, November 23, 2010

British Word of the Day

tearaway noun (Brit.) hooligan, delinquent, tough, rough (informal), rowdy, ruffian, roughneck (slang), good-for-nothing

Use: There must be someone who would play the part of the devoted admirer...Her cousin, a young tearaway with too much money and too much time on his hands... (An Ordinary Girl)

What a wonderful word. Is it still in use or has it gone the way of 'ruffian', I wonder? It sounds like an excise-man chasing after a bootlegger and just getting his pant pocket. Tearaway.


  1. I love how your picture of Steve McQueen makes it look like he has a prosthetic ear.

  2. My young tearaways are home from school. I can use it daily now.