Skint — Depression era remnant

October 8, 2013

___  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. offers examples of using skint, including:
“The wine list is short …  if you’re feeling skint, you can BYO.”
“Seven years ago, I was totally skint, now I am rich enough to afford debts.”


Have you known someone who was going through a Skint phase? Have you abided such a phase yourself?


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