skip to content skip to search skip to navigation Listen Live skip to logon
Wednesday 25th May 2016
Max 13°C | Min 10°C

Why do robbers escape "scot free"?


kingston robbersMy son asked me: Where does the phrase “scot free” come from?
Jason, Hatfield


** Definitive **
Name: Jamie, Croydon
Qualification: I did English language at university
Answer: Scot is an old English word for a tax, coming from the Norman French word ‘escot’. So it means tax free.