Jamieson's Dictionary of the Scottish language: in which the words are explained in their different senses, authorized by the names of the writers by whom they are used, or the titles of the works in which they occur, and derived from their originals

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W.P. Nimmo, 1867 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 635 pages
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Page 28 - ... dule. He does not leave it till they are all out of his sight. Then he sets off to catch them. Any one, who is taken, cannot run out again with his former associates, being accounted a prisoner, but is obliged to assist his captor in pursuing the rest. When all are taken, the game is finished ; and he, who was first taken, is bound to act as catcher in the next game. This innocent sport seems to be almost entirely forgotten in the South of S. It is also falling into desuetude in the North.
Page 38 - OS a festival called Beltan is annually held here. It is chiefly celebrated by the cowherds, who assemble by scores in the fields to dress a dinner for themselves, of boiled milk and eggs. These dishes they eat with a sort of cakes baked for the occasion, and having small lumps, in the form of nipples, raised all over the surface, The cake might, perhaps, be an offering to some deity in the days of Druidism.
Page 142 - Ibs. weight, of an hemispherical form, with an iron or wooden handle at top. The object of the player is to lay his stone as near the mark as possible, to guard that of his partner which had been well laid before, or to strike off that of his anta> gonist," • CURLING has never been universal in this country.
Page xiii - ... well acquainted with Gothic. I am a Goth, a native of Iceland, the inhabitants of which are an unmixed race, who speak the same language which their ancestors brought from Norway a thousand years ago. All or most of these words which I have noted down, are familiar to me in my native island. If you do not find out the sense of some of the terms which strike you as singular, send them to me; and I am pretty certain I shall be able to explain- them to you.
Page xiii - I have now spent four months in Angus and Sutherland, and I have met with between three and four hundred words purely Gothic, that were never used in Anglo-Saxon. You will admit that I am pretty well acquainted with Gothic. I am a Goth ; a native of Iceland...
Page 134 - Zetland islands, says, that sometimes the meeting does not appear to be complete before the expiration of a day or two, crows coming from all quarters to the session. As soon as they are all arrived, a very general noise ensues...
Page xxxvii - Perthshire), have been for centuries the separatory barrier of the English and Gaelic. In the first house below them, the English is and has been spoken, and the Gaelic in the first house, not above a mile distant above them.
Page xxxv - ... superior bravery and skill of the inhabitants. But, as the same Teutonic dialects are found to form the basis of the language both in England and in the Lowlands of Scotland, Mr Hume has been induced, and apparently with great reason, to infer from this similarity of speech a similar series of successful invasions ; although this success is not recorded by the historians of Scotland. If this conclusion be admitted, it is evidently unnecessary to refer us to the much later period of Malcolm's...
Page xiii - Thorkelin requested the Doctor to note down for him all the singular words used in that part of the country, no matter how vulgar he might himself consider them ; and to give the received meaning of each. Jamieson laughed at the request, saying, " What would you do, Sir, with our vulgar words ; they are merely corruptions of English?
Page 80 - Caft " — Bought. " Gutcher "—Grandfather. || To ride the broose — To run a race on .horseback at a wedding. A Scots custom, still preserved in the country. Those who are at a wedding, especially the younger part of the company, who are conducting the bride from her own house to the bridegroom's, often set off at full speed for the latter. This is called riding the broose. He who first reaches the house is said to win thebroose. — Jamieson. An' Willie Ga'braith, the best o' the bows, Is...

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