scamp

KYC

Senior Member
Mandarin
Hello, there:
I came across a term "scamp".
I am wondering if it's a formal word to native English speakers' ears.
Supposed I knew a little boy whose age is around 11 years old. He is very handful, even naughty but I still like him very much. I still think he is very cute. Is it right and natural to say "Hi, scamp! Stop watching TV" if I want to call him in a jocular way.

Thanks for your clarification.
 
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  • CanuckPete

    Member
    English - Canada
    I have never used scamp in that way ('Hi, scamp!') I have used it when I was talking about someone ('He's such a little scamp!')

    Scamp can be negative or positive, depending on the context.

    Of course, scamp can be someone's nickname, making 'Hi, scamp!' appropriate.

    Although scamp is known to most English speakers, I don't think many use it anymore, so you may come across some people who don't know what it means.
     
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    KYC

    Senior Member
    Mandarin
    Thanks for your clarification
    Edit: I saw the last edit above. SO I deletemy message.Thanks again!
     
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