Rapscallions, like scallions, abound in the majority of U.S. counties. Despite the pleasing rhyme and apparent similarity of these words, it may benefit those speaking of rapscallions to know that the word lacks connection to scallions. Curiously, though (or, for some, not at all) the Roanoke-based Brotherhood of Scallion Growers reports in their 2009 year-end wrap-up that 4.1% of its members spotted uninvited rascals scouring their scallion patches for a few choice stems. The report does not conclude the farmers thought little enough of the intruders to curse them with the label “rapscallions”, but I will.

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