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scrag

An unkempt person of meagre means. (colloquial derogatory): You're such a useless scrag.

Contributor's comments: It was definitely a popular term of abuse for any girl at Gosford High in the late 70s.

Contributor's comments: Day students at a boarding school. My son goes to boarding school in Adelaide & says this is the term used for day students who are seen as inferior by boarders. He thinks this term is standard across Adelaide at boarding schools: "Boarders tend not to include scrags in many of their social activities."

Contributor's comments: also used in the NT.

Contributor's comments: This was definitely a popular expression in Newcastle.

Contributor's comments: Brisbane: Scrag was only used in relation to unattactive women. Never men. Common re: women. "Stupid scrag".

Contributor's comments: My father, who grew up in SA in the 20's and 30's, used this word to mean a roughing up of the hair or a vigorous, playful tickling of the ribs..usually accompanied but strange deep noises from the throat!

Contributor's comments: Scrag was also a verb in schoolyards in Adelaide in the 50s meaning a group bullying of an individual (not as offensive as dacking). Also used by football commentators referring to untidy tackling.

Contributor's comments: A woman of dubious intent and breeding: "Check out that scrag over there!"

Contributor's comments: When I attended an Adelaide Catholic school as a day scholar in the 1970s, the boarders called us "day scrags", "scrags" for short.