Scarper

[image: Six sketches of a man with different expressions. The first three are in blue with him looking haughty in a top hat, the second three are of him surly in a plain cap and clothes.]

I have a bit of affection for the Montmorency Series, and was trying to sketch out Montmorency and his alter ego Scarper.

I’m in a strange double-interest mood (I say interest instead of fandom because his lovely man right here doesn’t have enough fans of his book to be considered a fandom) so I worked on something for one of the two. Montmorency: Thief Liar Gentleman. I was working on this all of yesterday and finished it a 2 am. First thing I did in a while. And thanks to my need to keep the atmosphere while doing this picture, I’ve got plenty of Jekyll and Hyde songs stuck in my head…

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Slang Saturdays: scarper

To scarper is to leave or leave suddenly, and sometimes its usage is as simple as that. However, it has connotations of running away from rather than towards something, especially fleeing to avoid having to pay for something or to avoid trouble that you’ve essentially brought upon yourself. You’re scarpering when you dine and ditch or when you get caught shoplifting and decide to make a run for it.

Scarper’s etymology, from The Phrase Finder:

From the Italian ‘scappare’ - to escape. This has been in use since the 17th century. Swell’s Night Guide, 1846 includes the quotation: “He must hook it before 'day-light does appear’, and then scarper by the back door.”

The word was adopted into the 'language’ Polari and appeared as such in the now archaic phrase 'scarper the letty’. Letty is Polari for bed or lodgings.

Polari is a form of cant slang. Cant slang is a slang language used by a particular group or subculture that serves the purpose of allowing you to identify fellow members and keep non-members in the dark as to what you’re talking about. Polari was used by British theater, circus, fair and sex workers, homosexuals and criminals. The language went mainstream in the 1960s, thanks to it being used on the popular radio program Round the House.

Scott Inspired College Orientation Outfit by veterization featuring a black denim jacket

James Perse gray dress, $185 / R13 black denim jacket, $305 / Coach hi top / Free People strap backpack / Grace Scarper pyramid jewelry, $42 / Nicole Miller tech accessory / Galaxy iphone case
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Scarper - Hydromancer (Original Mix)

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