Stray portions of batter from frying fish, sold, or given away, separately, in chip shops. More common in the North, and sometimes enlivened with Pea-Wet for those who cannot find the money for a more substantial meal. (Not to be confused with Pork Scratchings)
Compare with the ancient forms of fried batter known as 'Common Fritters' or Cryspels.
Known by this name at least since an item in the Manchester Evening News on Saturday 10 December 1904 (p4) and as an item of trade for recycling at least since an advertisement in the Liverpool Echo - Tuesday 10 February 1914; "Wanted - CHIP Shop Scratchings and Old Fat"
There is a similar tradition of 'Tenkasu' in Japan, from stray bits of the tempura batter used in Japanese cuisine.
See: Fish and Chips
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