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MY, poss.adj. Also Sc. unstressed forms: ma (Sc. 1819 J. Rennie St Patrick I. v., Edb. 1828 D. M. Moir Mansie Wauch xvi., Rxb. c.1870 Jethart Worthies 58; Rnf. 1873 D. Gilmour Pen Folk 25; ne.Sc. 1887 G. Green Gordonhaven viii.). Gen.Sc.; me (Ork. 1880 Dennison Sketch-Bk. 8, Sh. 1898 Shetland News (30 July), 1949 J. Gray Lowrie 9); mi (Sh. 1918 T. Manson Peat Comm. 68, 1928 Manson's Sh. Almanac 186); m'. [mɑe; unstressed mɑ, mə; I.Sc. mi, mɪ]

Sc. usages:

1. Used as in Eng. as an ejaculation of surprise. Sc. phr. my be here, dear me, good gracious. Sc. 1895 N. Roy Horseman's Word ix.:
My be here, life's but a glaik on the wa', we're auld afore we ken!

2. Comb.: my lord, milord, a Haggis, prob. a jocular reference to Burns's mode of address to the haggis: “great chieftain of the pudding race ” (s.Sc. 1825 Jam.).

3. Used in certain noun phrs. where idiomatic Eng. omits, as with bed, dinner. Gen.Sc. Cf. usages of The. Sc. 1787 J. Beattie Scoticisms 57:
I am going to my bed, my dinner. — Better — to bed, to dinner.
Ayr. a.1796 Burns There's news, lasses ii.:
I'll no gang to my bed Until I get a man.
Gsw. 1947 H. W. Pryde First Book of McFlannels 132:
What . . . have ye in the hoose that ye can gi'e me fur ma tea in a hurry?

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"My possess. adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 1 Jun 2020 <>



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