Posted by Bruce Kahl on July 28, 2003
In Reply to: What does scug mean? posted by GPP on July 28, 2003
: : context doesn't say anything more. but I guess it's NOT anything abbreviation.
: : I come along this word in donald barthelme's Snow White, page 37.
: : Thanks for your help.
: Tell us where you are in the book. My 1972 Antheum paperback page 37 begins "SNOW WHITE was cleaning. "Book lice do not bite people," she said to herself. [etc.]"; no 'scug' on that page. Oh, OK, on my page 31. You're right, no context whatever, and presumably not an abbreviation. Probably a made-up nonsense word for its emotional weight rather than carrying any meaning, but let's see if anyone can contribute anything better.
I don't know if the following is better but here goes:
Scug (?), v. i. [Cf. Dan. skugge to darken, a shade, SW. skugga to shade, a shade, Icel. skuggja to shade, skuggi a shade.] To hide. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
Scug, n. A place of shelter; the declivity of a hill. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
And from http://www.turdwords.com/viewWord.cfm?wordID=1035
Definition 1: The hair that accumulates on the drain of a shower after use.
Usage Example: When I went into the shower this morning, the scug on top of the drain nearly blocked the water from going down.