Do not scoff at the law


prohibition era1Scofflaw 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.

Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/scofflaw

Scofflaw (noun )

  1. a person who flouts the law, especially one who fails to pay fines owed.
  2. a person who flouts rules, conventions, or accepted practices.
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