Archaic or obsolete vocabulary and grammar.

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Uses of “to scathe”

Would “We took down the foreyard and commenced to scathe it” make sense to a sailor?
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What's the meaning of the word “spitters” in The Chemical Worker's Song?

Amongst the different versions of this song (Known by various names including "The Chemical Worker's Song", "Process Man" and "The ICI Song") that are floating around, there seem to be two variations ...