Thursday, 22 January 2015

Scots Proverbs and Rhymes from 1948 (a bit of light relief)

Thanks to Daniel son for finding this wee gem in a Cupar charity shop yesterday.

From the Introduction:

"Although many nations of the ancient and medieval world were noted for their wealth of proverbs the Scots had a pre-eminent reputation in this respect.  It was said in England that no Scot could talk without using a proverb.  The Scots thus held, until comparatively recent times, this reputation for terse and sententious language and they were exceptionally reluctant, even after the Union in 1707, to abandon their ancient modes of thought and speech."  F.M.

Some examples taken at random when leafing through the book:

239. Weel kens the moose that the cat's oot o the hoose

174. Put twa pennies in a purse and they'll creep thegither

47. Be aye the thing ye would be ca'd

205. The loodest bummer's no the best bee

260. Ye'll be a man afore your mither (little boys were often promised this)  

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