"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Monday, 18 March 2013


Scambler is an archaic term for someone who dropped in uninvited at meal times; a bold intruder upon the hospitality of others; a sponge. Its origins are Scottish. 
The word is also synonymous with scramble and shamble and can mean to get along as best one can. 

A further meaning of the word was entirely the opposite of our mean sponge – it meant to throw money on the ground so that people would scramble for it.

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