Classical Usage: At the end of Part Two – Chapter VI Raskolnikov ends up back at the scene of the crime. The workman hanging wallpaper are a little unsettled by his presence, and they walk down with him into a group a people, two caretakers, a woman and a tradesman in a smock. I’ll admit, this very odd scene was a little confusing to me, but here’s a portion of the dialog, “Scofflaw!” cried the woman. “Why go on talking to him” shouted the other caretaker, a huge man in an unbuttoned coat and with keys on his belt. “Clear out! . . . Yes, he’s a scofflaw! . . . Clear out!” And seizing Raskolnikov by the shoulder, he threw him into the street.
Classically Mad Usage: I’m going to be a scofflaw and flagrantly break my own Classic Word of the Day rules. I don’t want to talk about how I’m going to use the word, I just want to talk about that “tradesman in the smock”. If it weren’t for going back to look at the context of this word I would have never noticed him there. Did you?