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Winterblues Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-09 06:41 PM
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What does the phrase "Scott Free" mean
What does the term Scott in front of Free actually mean, and why is it considered more free than than just Free?
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Patsy Stone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-09 06:42 PM
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1. Here:
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Winterblues Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-09 06:44 PM
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2. Thanks, that was quick
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Patsy Stone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-09 06:46 PM
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5. My pleasure
It was the first thing I was actually able to accomplish all day, so thank you! :)
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kimmylavin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-09 06:54 PM
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6. Don't you hate those days?
I seem to be stuck on some kind of DU loop today! :)
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Muttocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-09 06:45 PM
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3. thanks for asking - I hadn't stopped to think about that one! nt
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Veritas_et_Aequitas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-09 06:46 PM
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4. It's from an Old Norse word
Scot meant payment, related to the French word cot, which is a sharing of communal expenses.

During the Middle Ages the poor tax/welfare tax in England was called the scot and lot tax, scot for short. Someone who failed to pay this tax was "scot free".
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