from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An idiom or other expression characteristic of Scottish English.
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- n. A phrase or idiom peculiar to Scotland or Scottish people.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An idiom, or mode of expression, peculiar to Scotland or Scotchmen.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An idiom or expression peculiar to Scotland. Also Scoticism.
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Fankle is a good 'Scotticism' which came from the ON fang, to hold.
You bet; the Scotticism comes from effect, rooted in the Latin facere, “to do.”
I do not know whether it is a Scotticism to stop short at that point of the sentence.
Once, it was on a Sunday, Tom and I, with a party of friends, had had a very long walk, a regular pedestrian excursion, thirty miles, there or thereabouts, to use a Scotticism, and poor Tom was quite knocked up and confined to bed for several days.
One fine September morning, when I was accoutring myself in order to go out and hunt the robert (N.B. a genuine local Scotticism for individuals belonging to the rabbit genius), there came to me my young friend
To reject a forcible Americanism merely because we could, at a pinch, get on without it, is -- Mr. Lang will understand the forcible Scotticism -- to "sin our mercies."
He says also that 'in none of his historical or philosophical writings does any expression used by him, unless in those cases where a Scotticism has escaped his vigilance, betray either the district or the county of his origin.'
But he did not burn a long peat stack, to use a Scotticism; for the nation was enraged at him, and one by one his ships went back to their allegiance.
The following had an indescribable piquancy, which arose from the Scotticism of the terms and the manners.
Mrs. Campbell gave him very particular instructions regarding visitors, explaining that they were to be shown into the drawing-room, and no doubt used the Scotticism, “Carry any ladies that call up stairs.”