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  • Hardback | Pub: 21 Oct 2021

    INCLUDES HUNDREDS OF NEW AND EXPANDED ENTRIES From ‘Aald Rock’ to ‘Zeenty-teenty’, A Dictionary of Scottish Phrase and Fable is an unputdownable gallimaufry of curious items embracing sayings, put-downs, insults, mottos, traditions, legends,…

Featured Author

Ian Crofton

‘Wilfully idiosyncratic yet curiously useful . . . A lightly erudite and well-informed work of eclectic scholarship’
– Times Literary Supplement

‘Compelling and quirky . . . under Ian Crofton’s eye, the rollicking spirit of Scotland, old and modern, comes proudly alive . . . A lifesaver for those in need of diversion and enlightenment’ – Sunday Herald

‘This is such a linguistic and etymological treasure trove that once picked up it is virtually impossible to put down’
– Scottish Field

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