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  • Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Word Origins 18. The word origin today is

  • scalper. Okay. Let's take a look at the meaning of scalper first. A scalper is

  • someone who buys a ticket to an event believed to be very high in demand and

  • short in supply. He will often resell the tickets at excessively higher prices.

  • Yeah. Probably you know, triple , quadruple whatever he paid. That's why sometimes

  • you often hear people saying how they hate them or they dislike them. Even

  • though they still usually able to sell them though. Those people that really

  • want to see it and they weren't able to get a ticket they might show up at the

  • at the place, at the building, at that event and try to rebuy it. Try to buy one

  • they're willing to pay these high prices so scalpers can get them. Of

  • course , this is illegal. You're allowed to resell a ticket for like a cheaper price

  • or the same price. I think it depends on the states. Some states might allow you to

  • sell for slightly more like maybe 10% more, but not these excessively higher

  • prices. So in most places scalping is considered to be illegal.

  • All right. Let's continue. The origin of this term is believed to have originated

  • from someone who resold unused portions of railway tickets. Really I never

  • heard that story before. At one time long distance railway tickets were much

  • cheaper per mile than tickets for short distances. Therefore if someone bought a

  • ticket to California and got off halfway in Chicago for example he could resell

  • the ticket and greatly reduce his cost rather than buying a ticket directly to

  • Chicago. Yeah. You almost get the ticket for free or for much, much less. So this

  • action was considered to be scalping. All right. Let's continue. At that time, in the late

  • 1800s scalp used to have the meaning of a conman

  • or cheat or a cheater. You don't really use it that way today but at that time

  • it did. There's also the connection of cutting off the scalp of a defeated

  • enemy. Yes we see this a lot of cowboy movies. Sometimes Indians did it to

  • whites. Whites they did to Indians. We, we've seen this happen, but I think I think

  • this used to be a tradition in some Native American tribes but also you know

  • unfortunately the Westerners are the the you know the frontiersman they sometimes

  • did this the Indians too. When they didn't want them around a certain area

  • or so. Let's continue. So sometimes in Indian custom. This was also done to some

  • Indians or animals if there was a bounty offered for them. So if they offered some

  • money you know because maybe they were afraid for them to be around this area

  • either animals probably dangerous animals or Indians that they might think

  • more violent rather than you know bringing a whole dead body. Which would

  • smell and everything else just cut off the scalp. The Scalp was proof that you

  • had you know, I guess killed an Indian or the animal. .

  • Here the connection to train tickets was you only have part of something. You

  • only had part of the ticket left, but you could still get paid. So that's where

  • they made the connection. That's why they started calling that scalping, and that's

  • why today we call it you know, the , the action is to scalp. The person who does

  • it is a scalper and you know the action somebody could be scalping. So this is

  • where it came from. This is the origin of it. Anyway,

  • I hope you got it and hope you thought it was interesting. Thank you for your

  • time. Bye-bye.

Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Word Origins 18. The word origin today is


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