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  • simon scott

    simon scott June 21, 2006, 5:56 p.m. (Message 45614)

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

    In any case, I've seen  "outwith"  occasionally,  and  just
    considered  it  a  rare synonym for "outside".  I think I'd
    picked up that it had some UK association, but didn't think
    of it as especially Scottish.  I'm a bit surprised that, in
    this day of such easy  international  communication,  there
    are English-speaking people who don't know the word.
    
    We do have a minor problem in English, in that the opposite
    of "within" obviously should be "without", but that's taken
    for a rather different meaning.  That's typical for such  a
    poorly designed language, I guess.
    
    
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    In the old "English" hymnbook the first verse of the Easter Hymn was
    
    There is a green hill far away
    "Without" a city wall
    
    It did not mean that the city had no wall but rather that the hill was
    outside the city's wall.
    
    It has now been changed to "Outside"
    
    So both "outwith" and "without" can mean "outside"
    
    Simon
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