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Time in a Bottle

I found myself wondering about a word I have not heard for a very long time: scads.
I like to go to the Urban Dictionary for some older words, because they are often those that have undergone drastic change over time. Rather than clinging to archaic usage and fading from the language, they “grow up,” so to speak, continuing to inform the present with its greater breadth in meaning. This is a part of the growth process in any language, if it is to survive and remain viable as a language tool for our current times.
I usually reserve definitions from the Urban Dictionary, because they tend to be very graphic and gritty. However, this is one of those words that are helped by their many definitions, and its ability to masquerade under various pseudonyms in meaning. So, here it goes with the Urban Dictionary definition:

1. scads
A term that is used to describe a quantity. Generally the quantity is greater than a dozen, but limited to a manageable number. This term is quite obscure but very noticeable when put to use, thus the power of the word. More often than not, it comes to use in the sporting world, however, it has also been overheard among beer drinkers trying to describe (usually a lie) how much beer they can consume in a night or weekend.

Example:
Coach – Ok, we’re going to run scads of 200s today.
Runner – Could I not run this workout?
Coach – You didn’t run yesterday’s workout.

2. Scads
Underpants or knickers:
Example: “Oooh, my scads are riding right up my hole!”

3. SCADS
Derogatory slang term for school administrators; school administrators being teachers, principals, deans, etc.

4. SCADs
State Crimes Against Democracy (SCADs)
Example: The title of Professor David Ray Griffin‘s book about the World Trade Center Building; Building What? How SCADs Can Be Hidden in Plain Sight

5. Scads
a. (n) A disease brought on by overexposure to stadiums, concert halls, and arenas;
b. (n) A series of bad jokes.
Example: Amanda suffered a severe case of scads after spending an entire semester listening to Mike’s scads.

We next turn our attention to how Merriam-Webster.com defines the word scad. The following derivations appear to be part of the original use of the word: 1) scad; 2) big-eyed scad; mackerel scad; round scad.

1scad
noun \ˈskad\
pluralscadalso
scads
Definition of SCAD : any of several carangid fishes (especially of the genus Decapterus)
Origin of SCAD: origin unknown; first known use (by this definition): 1602
Other Fishes Terms:
char, chum, ichthyology, smelt, tetra, turbot

2scad : noun
The following definition is the definition with which I am more familiar:
Origin of SCAD: probably alteration of English dialect scald a multitude
First Known Use (by this definition): 1869.

Learn More About SCAD at Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about “scad”

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