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  • Ian Brockbank

    Ian Brockbank Feb. 1, 2006, 4:25 p.m. (Message 44021)

    RE: Sgian Dubh was Scottish Country Dancing VS Scottish Folk Dancing

    Hi Thomas,
    
    > The spelling is listed as SKEAN in the following 11 sources
    > 
    > : EncartaR World English Dictionary, North American Edition
    > : Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary, 10th Edition
    > : The American HeritageR Dictionary of the English Language
    > : Infoplease Dictionary
    > : Dictionary.com
    > : Online Plain Text English Dictionary
    > : Webster's Revised Unabridged, 1913 Edition
    > : AllWords.com Multi-Lingual Dictionary
    > : Webster's 1828 Dictionary
    > : Hutchinson's Dictionary of Difficult Words
    > : The Phrontistery - A Dictionary of Obscure Words
    > 
    > for those who are 'concerned' about such matters.
    
    In Gaelic it's "sgian" - knife.  Probably one source has picked up an
    Anglicised version and the others have copied it.  "Skean" is _not_ a common
    spelling in my experience - I would expect "Sgian".
    
    Cheers,
    
    Ian Brockbank
    Edinburgh, Scotland
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