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Etymology

According to A Dictionary of Hiberno English[1]:

"Much of the influence comes from London where the origins of the word 'skanger' can be found. I'm pretty certain this is a collapsed form of the word "scavenger" from a West Indian word used by the Caribbean community in London."[2]

Dolan's dictionary gives the West Indian slang word "skanker", meaning an untrustworthy or unreliable person, as a possible source of the word.

Originally in 1980's Dublin, it only referred to women but has become broadened to men and women in more recent years.

Noun

Singular
scanger

Plural
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  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A person who is associated with petty criminality; and who is seen as strongly identified with brand names in music, clothing, sport, vehicles, and so forth.

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References

  • Notes:
  1. ^ A Dictionary of Hiberno English by Terence Dolan, Gill & Macmillan, ISBN 0-7171-2942-X
  2. ^ Pyjama Party

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