skinner

Discussion in 'English Only' started by lautaro, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. lautaro

    lautaro Senior Member

    Mediolanum, Italia
    Español chileno, Italiano del nord
    Hello,
    yesterday I learnt that "skinner" is a slang for pedophile. I wish to know about the derivation of this term. Can it be from the idiom "get under your skin" which is "to bother someone" and extend this meaning to "to molest (sexually)"?
    And does this "skinner" have a, even vague, connection with Principal Skinner character in "the Simpsons" TV series.

    Thank you.

    LAU
     
  2. cycloneviv

    cycloneviv Senior Member

    Perth, Western Australia
    English - Australia
    Can you tell us where you came across the fact that "skinner" is slang for paedophile? I've never heard of it, but it's quite possible that it is current in some forms of English.
     
  3. ewie

    ewie Senior Member

    This septic isle!
    NW Englandish English
    I've never heard of it either, Lautaro, but my slang dictionary has this:

    skinner n.(4) [20th century] (US underworld) a rapist [from Standard English skin]

    EDIT: It also has this:

    skinner n.(1) [mid-19th century] a thief, usually a woman, who waylays young children and strips them of their clothes, which she then sells

    But I imagine it's more likely to be an extension of the first definition rather than the second.
     
  4. lautaro

    lautaro Senior Member

    Mediolanum, Italia
    Español chileno, Italiano del nord
    I heard it on US tv serie "without a trace": a policeman is questioning a suspect about a pedophilie crime and threats him to imprison him in. To be more convincing he writes on his arm the word "skinner" so that everybody in jail will no he is a pedophile.

    Thanks

    LAU
     

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