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.