Posted by MM on July 31, 2006 at 12:05:59:
In Reply to: Old saying posted by Scot on July 30, 2006 at 17:24:38:
"Contrary to popular belief, it has nothing to do with the Scottish.
Sceot is the Old English for "a tax." Scot and lot was a medieval muncipal tax levied on residents. Someone who managed to avoid paying this medieval tax got off "scot free."
Eventually, the word evolved to describe getting away without any kind of punishment, fiscal or otherwise. Kids who fake fevers get out of school scot-free. Cagey adults escape jury duty scot-free. And dogs with remorseful eyes get off scot-free from just about any wrongdoing. "
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