Friday, October 2, 2009

Scrobbling in Progress

"Scrobbling" appears as a descriptive term for kidnapping in John Masefield's "Box of Delights", a British book published in 1937. Did it also involve throwing a black bag over the Scrobblee's head? My English readers will have to tell me whether this is slang which is still in use - it has, of course, been coopted as an internet term as has...well, almost everything else.

Fat Cats beware!

17 comments:

The Scrybe said...

Interesting! 'Scrobbling' is a term used by last.fm and I had no idea where it came from... To be honest I'd not even thought about it... I've never heard it used outside of the internet before.
Thanks...
Also I like the look on the Scroblees face in this piece, he knows what's coming next! :)

Caio Fernandes said...

ahhhh .... so good to see a image like that and don't even have to judge because it is just making me feel ... ahhhh .... so goooooddd !!
love the colors again !!

Tammie Lee said...

fantastic expressions and body language!

Eva said...

Such a cute drawing! LOL! It could be an illustration of the stories that J and I keep telling one another.

ger said...

Are you sure you don´t want to go into fashion design...?! I could scrobble (whatever it is) for that coat + bag...

mum said...

I love the characters. I've never read 'The Box of Delights' - it sounds delightful. Will have to scrounge around for it.

As for the word - the nerve endings connected to my etymology obsession are going crazy here (not to mention my neologism fixation.) As for the contemporary practice it describes, 'tis news to me. Playlists, as in song titles? weird, no?

cheers, Susan (what's on the ground, by the way? it looks like a spoon.)

aleph said...

Scrobble me please! Would it possible to be taken into that landscape and run with those wild bandits under the wonderful inclination of those sun-rays?

ArtSparker said...

mum- On the ground is a eucalyptus, or gum tree, leaf. These were imports from Australia which have thrived throughout California.

Amy C said...

totally fantastic, I love the fat cats purse.
I grew up mostly in England and we had Box of Delights as a bbc tv series, I don't remember the whole scrobbling/scrobblee thing though but it makes perfect sense.
The scrobblee has such a great look on his face, it says it all.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Fistly it's a great picture , yet again. But I fear that particular scrobbler is gonna get his butt kicked by that fat cat scrobblee. His only chance was the element of surprise, clearly looking at those cat's eyes, that particular purchase has been lost.That cat is gonna cut him up,and stick him, piece by bloody piece, into that ornate bag, for supper!

ArtSparker said...

TFe- Ever the contrarian

Ande said...

I heard someone say "What's your story, morning glory?" and I think it's 30s slang from the US?

ArtSparker said...

Ande - could even by 20's. The 20's were a very big decade for slang.

Titus said...

Great picture. Not sure who I wish well, but I think on balance my sympathies are with the scrobbler. Robin Hood-ish, surely?

And no, not used for kidnapping in any neck of the woods I know. Sounds Cornish.

grrl + dog said...

I dont even know what scrobbling is in internet terms..
to scrobble..

I scrobble,
You scrobble
He she it scrobbles
We scrobble
They scrobble

Ok, sounds like a regular verb.

lettuce said...

fantastic

I should have known you would be a fan of the Box of Delights (etc).

The verb to scrobble is used fairly frequently by my household but not many other people know what we mean.....

subtorp77 said...

I think I just added another book to my "find it" list, heh, heh...methinks the would-be scrobbler could be in for a surprise, here...