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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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SCHO, pron. Also sho(e), sheu, shou, shö, shu, shü. Sc. forms of Eng. she, third pers. pron. feminine (Lth. c.1775 Glenbervie MS. 221; Sc. 1808 Jam.; Sh. 1914 Angus Gl., shü; I.Sc., em.Sc. (a), Bwk., sm. and s.Sc. 1969). See P.L.D. § 35. In the Dundee area the form survives only in the phr. said scho. See also She, Shu. [ʃø, ʃe, unstressed ʃə]Sc. 1721 J. Kelly Proverbs 142:
Had you such a Shoe on Every Foot, you would schochel. A scornful Return of a Woman to a Fellow that calls her She, and not by her Name: She and Shove [sic] hath both the same Accent in Scotch.
Ayr. 1744 Mun. Irvine (1891) 321:
In pairt payment of Laim thatt sheu his furnest for the Toun of Irvene.
Fif. 1761 E. Henderson Annals Dunfermline (1879) 476:
Shou Dyed the 9 day of June, and shou got a verrey honarable buriel . . . We are weall at presant but my wife, and shoe is some Beater.
Ayr. 1785 Burns There was a Lad iii.:
Quo' scho: — “Wha lives will see the proof”.
Cld. 1818 Scots Mag. (Aug.) 155:
Sho cuist mony a lang look at the shearers.
Sc. 1827 G. R. Kinloch Ballads 7:
Then up bespak young Redin's mither, And a dowie woman was scho.
Sh. 1931 Shetland Times (14 March) 7:
“I do declare it is warm!” “Yea, dat shö is in feth!”
Ork. 1949 “Lex” But-end Ballans 9:
Leeso's sittan at de teeble Caain i' her a' sheu's eeble.
Sh. 1993 New Shetlander Sep 29:
Her midder wis kinda taen aff.
"Hit's a notion shu's taen lately".
Her faider, I tink, wis ill-plaised.
"Never leet her, Mam, lat her fant".
But shö lookit me straight in da eye an
shö said again,
"Granny, I don't aet meat".

[Scho is the reg. form in O.Sc. from 1375, from O.E. sēo, that (fem.), which became a pers. pron. in the 12th c. and in which the diphthong changed from falling sēo to rising seō.]

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