Skint — depression era remnant

March 15th, 2020

___  Skint means penniless or feeling close thereof.

‘Tis believed that the word entered the English language in the early 1930s, and was a dialect for “skinned.” Interesting that the word seemed to surface during the Great Depression.


Definition via

— having little or no money; broke

“Skint” is used lightheartedly, or matter-of-factly.


Usage examples:
● Wally paid his way through college, and was skint for going out to socialize.
● Daphne went from a skint waitress at a greasy spoon to a prominent caterer.
● “I’m skint until payday. Could you lend me a twenty?”

Have you ever gone through a phase when you were Skint?


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