Opinion

'Scam' means what?

Apropos the front page news item "police smash fake Dollars scam" (Daily News 31/7). I don’t find the word "scam" in the Webster’s Concise Oxford and Longmans dictionaries. Is it "scamp" which would mean in verb do (word etc.) perfunctorily or inadequately and "rogue" in noun? Or is it "scum" meaning "impurities that rise to surface"?

Will any reader enlighten me on the meaning of the word "scam"?

C. R.

Wattala

 

Note:

Scam (slang) means ‘scheme for making money by dishonest means.’ It can also be used as a transitive verb to mean ‘trick (somebody)’ (mid-20th century. Origin unknown) This word is found in modern dictionaries such as encarta (web).


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