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word for the day: clishmaclaver

September 25, 2009

‘clishmaclaver’, a Scots noun meaning ‘gossip’. Pronounced clishmaCLAYver. Not a word I use myself, ken, but it is a lovely clashy sounding word isn’t it. Think I will include it in my vocabulary from now on. There are so many vivid, mouth-tingling words in Scots for which the English equivalents seem rather wan (or indeed, peely-wally) – although I am sure that there are plenty of equally juicy words in dialects like Cumbrian and Yorkshire. Add them all to the mix, I say!

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