scattered p ppl EDD ~ 1 ~ few; SED iv, 921 Co, ~ few.
1 1986 Nfld Herald 15 Mar, p. 33 Merasheen Farewell [recording] is available in scattered stores around the province and can be purchased by mail order.
2 1981 PADDOCK 25 "Camp Seven": A scattered spruce is fit ta pile;/But only try ta git it!/You'll 'ave ta cut a t'ousand firs--/Each one will make a picket. 1987 POOLE 1 [We left Carbonear] and the meadows where we used to kick football and win a scattered game of rounders.
I love the way that word is thrown around here, it's quite inadequately covered in the above definition from the Dictionary of Newfoundland English.
I hear it used a fair whack - usually applied to people and their doings and not so much to inanimate objects.
"I was some scattered last Saturday with all those shops I had to go to."
"There was a right scatter of cousins at that funeral."
I'm a bit of a scatter myself. I suffered a major disappointment in that the two actors who had first dibs on my play have turned it down due to the scatter of both the demands of their families and the serious commitments to rehearsals and tours for the play.
I wasn't talking about this major setback at all, or sharing it. I'm a right good bottler of emotions at times. It has gotten me into a fair degree of trouble in the past.
But over dinner last night with a friend I was able to let it all out. And alternative scenarios surfaced in my mind as I shared.
I didn't go the normal route (for me) and take it all on board and tell myself it must be a dreadful play. I was surprisingly heartened by my belief in it: in recognising there is a story to be told and it needs to be heard.
I'm finally my own cheerleader and champion.
Logo for the play:
Would anyone like to take a guess as to what the play's theme is?