the worthless word for the day is: scalawag
[origin unknown] or scallywag
/SKAL uh wag/ or /~ lee wag/
1) rascal, scamp, reprobate
2) an undersized or ill-conditioned animal
3) a white Southerner who supported reconstruction policies
"Hand a quarter to a bewhiskered old scalawag."
- James Thurber
"You've something good to say about the worst
scallywag, and, if you haven't, you hold your tongue."
- John Buchan, Castle Gay 
"Governor George Wallace of Alabama once denounced
[Mr. Frank Johnson] as 'a scallywaggin', integratin',
- Times, 18 Aug. 1977
[thanx to Russell Joyce]
this week I tackle my rather daunting backlog of