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The Scots language has a rich tradition, and abounds with marvellous words. Each week this blog will show a different Scots word with its English equivalent. I hope that you will enjoy them as much as I do!

Linda Gilmore Sutherland

 

 

LOON 13/03/2017

by Linda - 01:01 on 13 March 2017

LOON = LAD, YOUTH, YOUNG FARM WORKER

Loon is the word of choice in many parts of Scotland to refer to an adolescent boy or a young man, usually unmarried.  The female equivalent is lassie or quine or quean. This splendid old photo of a group of jolly loons

outside their bothy (see entry for 15 August 2016). They were hired to work on the farm, and usually were given the more menial tasks as they worked their way up the employment ladder.