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Skedaddle.--The American war has introduced a new and amusing word. A Northerner who retreats “retires upon his supports;” but a Southerner is said to “skedaddle.” The Times remarked on the word, and Lord Hill wrote a short note to prove that it was excellent Scotch. The Americans only misapply the word, which means, in Dumfries, “to spill” --milkmaids, for example, saying, you are “skedaddling” all that milk. The Times and Lord Hill are both wrong, for the word is neither new nor in any way misapplied. The word is very fair Greek, the root being that of “skedannumi,” to disperse, to “retire tumultuously,” and it was probably set afloat by some professor of Harvard.--London Spectator.

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