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The Scots Word of the Week: Hameower


IN the Dictionaries of the Scots Language (DSL), hameower is authentic as “homewards, appear home” and, “of speech, homely, everyday, simple, in the vernacular, Scots”.

In Poems (1721), Allan Ramsay wrote: “That is to say in hame o’er Phrases, To acquaint ye, Men of Mettle praises Ilk Verse of castigation while they can ablaze on’t”.

And George MacDonald, in his atypical of Scottish country activity David Elginbrod (1863), declared a appearance fearing addition “might be affronted at what she alleged her ‘hame-ower appearance of speaking’”.

In the Scots Magazine of April 1945, a mother abundantly informs us: “Och, juist a hameower wee sang I fabricated for Angus. It pits him owre to sleep”.

DSL also widens the definition: “of habits or manners: plain, easy natural, unaffected…”. Ian Cameron in his biographical The Jimmy Shand Story (1998) uses the appellation to acceptable effect: “For anytime of us, too, there is an added pride in actuality acclimatized to allotment in the hame-ower ancestors activity which surrounds Windyedge at Auchtermuchty”.

The appellation is still used. For example, from the Press and Journal of July 2020, anecdotic a summer job: “a apprentice on’s simmer holidays for a time at the eyn o the 1980s an taks in sae weel the able-bodied feelin o anither wye o activity fest fadin awa – the lanscape, the adamantine day’s darg [work], the characters, alang wi the gran use o the hameower Doric argot in aa its absurd humour jist bringin aathing tae life”. I achievement it gave the apprentice anytime addicted memories.

Scots Word of the Week is accounting by Pauline Cairns Speitel. Visit DSL Online at https://dsl.ac.uk.

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