The word's common disparaging sense for a rude, ill-bred person originated in the s. Another English word akin to Old Norse karl is churl. Or the hospitals are swindlers that wouldn't think twice about putting patients into bankruptcy if it weren't for the checks and balances insurers provide.
The related noun form begins being used by midth century in reference to a wretched, miserable person.
The simple answer is that He claimed to be God-and from the record was able to support that claim. Skate entered American slang and began to appear in print in the late 19th century with the contemporaneous meanings of "a worn-out, decrepit horse" and "a person especially a contemptible one.
It does, however, refer to the Holy Spirit as the power of God, as implied in this very passage for a detailed examination of this biblical truth, download or request our free booklet Who Is God?
Joseph needed reassurance that Mary was telling the truth about her pregnancy, and the obvious way to convince him was by having an angel speak to him. After witnessing these scenes, Scrooge is a changed man, and he ultimately gives up his miserly ways; however, when people use the word Scrooge in an allusion to the story, they use it to mean the kind of person Scrooge was before being visited by the ghosts.