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Thought for the week

‘While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.’ (Romans 5:8)

Just a few days ago, I was listening to an Italian conversation. I could not understand what was being said, but the word ‘scot-free’ popped up right in the middle of a sentence and it struck me as quite odd!

It sparked my interest, so I looked up the origin of the word. It has nothing to do with Italy – or Scotland for that matter. It is actually an old English word and its origin lies in medieval England where the ‘scot’ was a land or property tax levied on local people.

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