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  • GOSS9@telefonica.net

    GOSS9@telefonica.net June 1, 2006, 8:20 p.m. (Message 45448)

    Re: Divided by a common language (was Reels and Hornpipes)

    While I agree with your "point taken" because the usage is not common, 
    I fail to understand why this should have been a problem. While the 
    expression is so common in Scotland today as not to be considered 
    "twee", it is from middle English, not Scots, and appears in American 
    dictionaries.
    
    I have heard it among older, non Scots in the U.S., mostly in the S.E. 
    The first time I heard it in the U.S. I assumed it had something to do 
    with either dating, or being more clever then someone.
          

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