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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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LANGAGE, n. Also langitch, -i(d)ge, -je. Sc. forms of Eng. language (Sc. c.1775 Glenbervie MS. 225; Per., Fif., Lth. 1915–26 Wilson). [′lɑŋɪdʒ]Abd. 1772 Weekly Mag. (22 Oct.) 102:
Fat ivir ye've impriv'd in, Sir, well I wite, it's ne i' your langige.
Sc. 1828 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) II. 155:
O that ugly sumph! that first daured to write doun in the English langage that a kintra was the better o' Absenteeism!
Ags. 1853 W. Blair Aberbrothock 92:
Gif ony ane offendit 'im he wadna cut the king's langitch wi' them for months an' years to come.
Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xxxv.:
He was a “gran' scholar” and “poo'erfu' i' the original langiges.”
Per. 1894 I. McLaren Brier Bush 185:
A' daurna use that kin' o' langidje; it's no cannie.
Abd. 1934 Abd. Univ. Review (March) 122:
A suppose she's been born foreign and wunna ken our langidge.

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