Scarf? Heat-on?greenspun.com : LUSENET : San Francisco History : One Thread
Am told that the word scarf*,for eating quickly originated in North Beach as slang from some Italian word meaning eating fast. Any takers?
To have a "heat-on"* means to be drunk. That allegedly also started here, also. Does anyone outside the SF area know or use this term?
*Example: That guy who just scarfed his dinner and pulled a runner had a pretty good heat-on.
-- Don Beppino (DonBeppino@hotmail.com), March 10, 2004
Cool, California slang all the way. Scarf is derived from scoff, another California slang word coined in 1846 meaning 1: to eat greedily 2: seize; to eat something greedily. The sailor scoffed a huge piece of salted beef onboard the ship before debarking for a night of drinking. Scarf came into popular use in the 1960's: The hippie smoked some marijuana then scarfed everything edible in sight. I don't know if the word scoff has any Italian origin but sailors, by nature, use an international launguage.
-- will (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 10, 2004.
Scarf (Ca) 1960's from Scoff (Ca) 1849 from Scaff (origin and date unknown). Does scaff sound Italian?
-- strange (email@example.com), March 11, 2004.
"Heat-on" was a term that was used at Chico State College when I attended (68-72). I don't know where the slang originated from, but it was very prevalent in use at that time, we even called our coolers "Heat Boxes".
Scarf - scoff - scaff - yes, but I think scoff might be English. Who's got an OED?
-- Alice Lethbridge (alethbridge1@AOL.com), March 11, 2004.
No doubt those Chico students hailed from SF, or at least the Bay Area?
-- Don Beppino (DonBeppino@hotmail.com), March 15, 2004.