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hernesheir commented on the word spalpeens
I believe this word is the plural of spalpeen."Oh now! ", says the sergeant "I'll have no such chatAnd I neither will take it from spalpeen or bratFor if you insult me with one other wordI'll cut off your heads in the morning."From the Irish folk song Arthur McBride and the Sergeant. The song was most famously covered by Bob Dylan and by Paul Brady. Brady singing and playing it is easily found on YouTube.
January 17, 2010
chained_bear commented on the word spalpeens
"'Ye wouldna ken what's meant by the term "spalpeens," would ye, Mistress Fraser?' MacRae asked, raising one bushy brow."—Diana Gabaldon, Voyager (NY: Dell, 1994), 674