Category Archives: Scots

Pride of Sex – January 1911

A gangrel buddy came to the door accompanied by a mongrel dog. “It’s a’ the company I hae,” he said, “unless ah tak a wife. “Ye’ll be thinking it’s hardly worth my while noo, mistress, eh? Ah could hae got … Continue reading

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How We Made a Haystack – June 1914

On a very hot afternoon I suggested to Winkie (two or three-year-old Willie) that we ought to help father to get that meadow hay stacked, seeing it ws such a heavy crop. So we started bravely up the hill, a … Continue reading

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Your Mooth’s No’ Made That W’y – May 1913

“Whit are ye gaun’ tae write aboot this week?” was the rather startling question a farmer asked as he shook hands with me for the first time: “Ah wiz readin’t afore ah cam awa’. Mony a time ah wunner ‘at … Continue reading

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The Lea Rig Again – April 1921

“Anglo-Scot” may again ask, “Why all this pother about the lea-rig?” The answer is simple. A reader some weeks ago wrote to the effect that he and others had engaged in discussion on the exact meaning of the term, could … Continue reading

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Manners of the Smoking Man – March 1920

One day in a narrow lane we met a man smoking as he walked — a pipe or cigar I didn’t particularly notice which. But I did note that, as he passed us, he removed the weed from his lips … Continue reading

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Hughoc, Davoc and Peggoc – January 1901

If the suffix oc (not necessarily a diminutive) be peculiar to Burns and Ayrshire then its significance cannot be perfectly appreciated outside that county. It is familiar, humorous, tender, sometimes irate. The mother speaks of “oor Hughoc” when she is … Continue reading

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Harvest Vernacular – September 1912

“The kirk wiz awfu’ thin the day.” “Ay! Wiz’t no? Bit kintry folk wad be a’ that wearit. Ah nivver miss the kirk or ah could ha’ gane tae ma bed fine, so ah could.” “Are ye by wi’ yer … Continue reading

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Wind “Awa Doon In The Jawbox” – July 1917

This time, I was merely carrying a tea-lunch to the hay field, or helping to carry it, for there were two small assistants, “playin’ wi’ yin anither” which was to hold the basket of scone, the jugs of hot tea … Continue reading

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An Encounter – June 1914

It was market day, and our (railway train) compartment was filled with women and baskets, when at the last moment an old farmer scrambled in and squeezed himself into the nearest corner. Some of the women were known to him, … Continue reading

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Rab D’Laps Waddin – June 1909

D’ye min’ iz gaen till Rab D’lap’s waddin’ in feyther’s new gig? Aye. An’ ah tore ma new muslin frock climbin’ in an’ mother ca’ed me —- she had an awful tongue had mother but feyther said he wad shew’t … Continue reading

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