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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
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BENSOME, adj. A variant reading for Bangsom, q.v. Prob. Skinner knew Bense, n. and v.Sc.(D) [1788] J. Skinner Christmas Ba'ing in Amusements, etc. (1809) 52:
Some red their hair, some maen'd their banes, Some bann'd the bensome billies.

[See Bense, n. Perhaps influenced by Bangsom, q.v.]

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"Bensome adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 1 Dec 2023 <>



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