Scofflaw originated in the 1920’s during the Prohibition Era, and when people would “scoff at the law” against drinking! It was coined in response to a national contest during Prohibition to characterize a person who drinks illegally, chosen from more than 25,000 entries; the $200 winning prize was split between two contestants who sent in the word separately: Henry Irving Dale and Miss Kate L. Butler.
Scofflaw (noun )
- a person who flouts the law, especially one who fails to pay fines owed.
- a person who flouts rules, conventions, or accepted practices.