Face it America, our president is barely literate.
No stranger to Twitter spelling errors, while tweeting about Michael Cohen (who pleaded guilty to lying to Congress) Trump said that he should not get off without paying for it. Ie; scot-free. Either he knows a guy named Scott Free or never heard of spell-check.
So, Enquiring minds (Trump’s cooperating pal David Pecker, owns the National Enquirer, so that’s not a misspelling) want to know who the hell Scott Free is…?
“Michael Cohen asks judge for no Prison Time.You mean he can do all of the TERRIBLE, unrelated to Trump, things having to do with fraud, big loans, Taxis, etc., and not serve a long prison term? He makes up stories to get a GREAT & ALREADY reduced deal for himself, and get…..
…his wife and father-in-law (who has the money?) off Scott Free. He lied for this outcome and should, in my opinion, serve a full and complete sentence.”
So, where does the term actually come from? According to Oxford,
“Scot-free arose in the 16th century as an alteration of the earlier term shot-free. It probably originated in the sense ‘not required to pay a scot (tax or fee)’ or ‘free of charge’, as in this example from 1792:
‘Scot-free the Poets drank and ate; They paid no taxes to the State!’ (John Wolcot, Odes of Condolence).
This meaning is no longer common, but it seems to have been used as late as 1921, in hearings before the US Senate Committee on Finance:
‘The common laborer does not know that that act [on taxation] was passed. He is scot free at 40 cents an hour’.”
See, unlike our POTUS, you actually learned something new. Twitter had fun anyway. Even Merriam-Webster trolled Trump.
(Photo, YouTube; via Indian Express)