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Quod, p.t. Also: qwod, qod, quhod, (qoud), qod, qd, qd, , q. [ME quod (14th c.), also quot, cod, earlier quad (c 1250), cf. Quoth p.t.The regular form in Sc. In late 15th and 16th c. MSS much the commonest for is a MS abbreviation (a special form of the letter q) also used for Latin quod, here represented by q and cited in (b) below. A type appar. intended as the same abbreviated form is also used in the tenth Chepman & Myllar tract.]

Said.Always preceding its subject.

a. Used to report a piece of direct speech.(a) a1500 Henr. Orph. 352, 359 (Ch. & M.)
Quod he, My lady lele [etc.] … Qd scho, [etc.] … Quod Pluto, [etc.]
a1508 Kennedy Pass. Christ 484.
Off witnes, quod thai, we haue no neid
a1570-86 Dunb. Maitl. F. 62/9.
To sweir quod Sathan be nocht layth
1513 Doug. iv Prol. 191. 1528 Lynd. Dreme 849.
Than quharein lyis our inprosperitie, Quhod [ed. Quod] I, I pray ȝow [etc.]
c1552 Id. Mon. 328.
I haif, quod I, bene … one courtiour
a1568 Bann. MS 54a/71.
Weill, qoud [sic] the bird, Thy curage is richt hie
?1438 Alex. (c1580) ii 304. a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 192 (W).
Friend, welcome hame, quod he
a1598 Ferg. Prov. No. 130 (1641).
All things helps (quod the wran) when [etc.]
1638 Adamson Muses Thr. 23.
Then, gossip Gall, quod I, I dare approve, Thou hast [etc.]
(b) a1400 Leg. S. xxxvii 265.
Q Vincent [etc.]
c1475 Wall. vi 133.
Quhom scornys thow? q Wallace, quha lerd thé?
Brus vii 248 (E).
Q the gud-wyff, I sall ȝow say [etc.]
Ib. 306.
Perfay, q Iames of Dowglas, As I come hyddyrwart [etc.]
a1500 Seven S. 2196.
Ȝeis, q the child, redy, q he
Ib. 1087, etc. c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 161 (Ch. & M.).
To speik q [M. q] scho I sall nought spar
Ib. 223. Id. Bann. MS 283b/29, etc.
O merle, q scho, O fule, stynt [etc.]
Id. Maitl. F. 415/6.
Q an, Tak vp the quenis knycht
1513 Doug. iii v 70.
Allace … , q I, [etc.]
15.. Wyf Awcht. 64.
Q he, This wark hes ill begynning
15.. Christis Kirk 139 (M).
Lo quhair my lyking liggis, q scho
(c) Brus vii 142 (C).
a1500 Henr. Orph. 379 (Ch. & M.).
Id. Bann. MS 311a/73.
Qd Lourence than [etc.] … Quhat, q the cok [etc.]
a1568 Dunb. Bann. MS 103b/15.
Id. Ib. 115a/11,16.
Qot he [etc.] … Qod I [etc.]
15.. Christis Kirk 192 (B).

b. In authorial attributions. Also jocularly echoing these.(1) c1508 Ch. & M. Prints (1950) 189/8.
Q Dunbar
1513 Doug. Direct. 149.
Quod Gawinus Dowglas &c.
1513 Doug. fol. 329b/7.
Qd G. Douglas &c.
a1568 Bann. MS 213b/59.
Finis qȝ Mersar
a1570-86 Maitl. F. 61/183.
Finis q maister Alexander Arbothnat
1583 Sempill Warning xxiii.
Finis quod Sempill and endit at Kilbryd
1622 Reidpeth MS in a1570-86 Maitl. F. II 41/25.
Q Dumbar
(2) a1568 Bann. MS 161a/89.
Finis quod I quha settis nocht by [etc.]
1584 Maxwall Commonpl. Bk. fol 1b.
Finis quod I ȝe watt quha

c. With an adv. or adv. phrase or d. a verbal complement.(1) ?1438 Alex. i 2172.
Than quod Dauclene [etc.]
a1500 Henr. Fab. 1741 (Ch.).
Schir swallow, quod the lark agane, & leuch, Quhat haif ȝe [etc.]
a1500 Prestis of Peblis 581.
Than quod the king a lytill wei and leuch, Sir fuill, ȝe ar lordly set aneuch
15.. Dum Wyf 31.
Qwod he agane
a1568 Bann. MS 163a/7.
Qwod God to the helandman, Quhair wilt thow now?
1603 Philotus 1088.
Now grace and honowr on that face, Quod Robein to the Haggies
1604-31 Craig v 33.(2) c1508 Ch. & M. Prints (1950) 192/4.
Q Dunbar quhen he wes sek etc.
1536 Lynd. Answ. Flyting 71.
Quod Lindesay in his flyting Aganis the kingis dyting
a1568 Bann. MS 147b/24.
Qod Dumbar to Kennedy
Ib. 246a/25.
Q Scott off the Mr. of Erskyn
1584 Maxwall Commonpl. Bk. fol. 8a.
Finis quod Maxwald with this hand of myne

e. Infrequently, included in a sequence of verbs in the ‘narrative present’ or the ‘habitual present’ tense. c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 223 (Ch. & M.).
Than he … dois ȝolk me in armys And sais [etc.] … q I my hony hald abak … With that I seme for to swoune … And thus beswik I that swane
1549 Compl. 30/28.
Sanct Paul vritis to the Corinthiens … quod he, my bredir [etc.]

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