January 17, 2019
scratch (noun)
\SKRATCH\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a mark (as a line) or injury made by scratching; also : a slight wound2 : the sound of scratching3 : satisfactory state or performance
How do you use it?
"One day Claude Herdman emptied the whole first grade in three minutes flat when he took the cat to Show-and-Tell. . . . It came down on the top blackboard ledge and clawed four big long scratches all the way down the blackboard." (Barbara Robinson, _The Best Christmas Pageant Ever_)
Are you a word wiz?

Here's a question that may make you scratch your head: which of the following do you think is another meaning of the noun "scratch"?

Ready, set, go! C's the answer today. The line from which competitors start in a race has been called the "scratch" since the late 1700s. Like many words that start out having to do with sports, "scratch" later came to be used in a related way that isn't directly connected to sports at all. It began to be used to mean "from the beginning" in the early 1900s. You probably know this use in the phrase "from scratch," which means "from a point at which nothing has been done ahead of time" and "without using a prepared mixture of ingredients."
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