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First published 1976 (SND Vol. X).
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YARG, v., n. [jarg]

I. v. To talk (on) incessantly, argue doggedly and tiresomely, to carp, wrangle, criticise (Sh. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XI. 221, 1908 Jak. (1928) jarg, 1914 Angus Gl.; I.Sc. 1974).Abd. 1958 People's Jnl. (8 Nov.):
In spite o' the weerless yargin on ilka day aboot shooers an' bricht periods.

II. n. Persistent or repetitive talk, gen. of a nagging, critical or tiresome sort (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), Sh. 1974).

[Prob. an aphetic form of nyarg, Narg, q.v. For the Sh. forms cf. also Icel. jarga, to repeat tediously.]

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