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scuppernong

noun;
a small, imaginary, furry, woodland creature This is an example of a semantic change, where an existing word takes on a new meaning. This word is often used as a sort of practical joke. The friend will quite frequently spin elaborate stories or descriptions of this make believe animal. It is very akin to the urban legend of snipe hunting. His stories frequently fool freshmen who are somewhat naïve or gullible, but he also fools students from out of state who easily believe the scuppernong is an animal native to only Texas. In general, the scuppernong can be imagined as a small woodland creature, with an appearance like a groundhog or woodchuck, but with the agility of a squirrel. It is uncertain why this particular word was used for this meaning, especially since scuppernong is an actual word. It actually means a certain grape from the North Carolina region, or the wine extracted from these grapes. Most likely, the word was simply chosen for the way it sounds.
 
We went hunting for scuppernongs, but their defense mechanism of scurrying off was too much for us.
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Source : a friend
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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