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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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OO, pers. pron. Also ou. Also oor [ < oo are] (Fif. 1881 W. C. Honeyman Luckless Peter Pirlie 32). A form of the first pers. pron. we (Bwk. a.1889 Ellis E.E.P. V. 726; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., Fif., Lth. 1926 Wilson Cent. Scot.; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein; Rxb. 1942 Zai; Lnk., Dmf., s.Sc. 1964), also used for the acc. or dat. us (Rxb. 1927 E. C. Smith Braid Haaick 5), and combining with the aux. will in the form ool. [u(:)]Edb. 1820 Cockburn Memorials (1840) 376:
Weel Sir! ou're at the auld wark again.
m.Lth. 1857 Misty Morning 261:
Ou was a' aff our eggs.
Edb. 1862 J. Brown Horae Subsecivœ (1882) 285:
Jeems, . . . came round to me with his open gully in his hand, whispering, “Wull oo ripp 'er up noo?”
Lnl. 1880 T. Orrock Fortha's Lyrics 16:
I'll tell ye what ool better dae.
e.Lth. 1885 S. Mucklebackit Rural Rhymes 236:
Oo want to ken what 'e think aboot yer freend Mr. Hootsman's waddin'.
Slk. 1892 W. M. Adamson Betty Blether 81:
The laird was rale ceevil wi' oo.
Bwk. 1900 A. T. G. Border Reminisc. 32:
When dacent folk like oo are in oor beds.
Rxb. 1916 Kelso Chron. (24 March) 3:
Ou'll baith gang up and speak tae Jess, and ou'll a' be better folk.
s.Sc. 1938 Border Mag. (Sept.) 136:
That heidpiece belanged to yin that had mair siller than brains, like some that oo ken o'.
Slk. 1964:
Will ee wee this til oo? Will you weigh this for us?
Slk. 1991 Harvey Holton in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 131:
Oo'l wark wi oor wulls an ah'll hecht ye ma heid
fur foresworn oo are tae blance as brithers,
Dmf. 2000s:
When I wis wee oo leived mair than three mile frae the scuil at Dalton sae oo got tae gan on the scuil bus.

[The form though now regular in s.Sc. appears to have come in from em.Sc. (b) after the middle of the 19th c., and to have orig. from a form of we with a shift of stress to the first element, consequent vocalisation of w to u, hence [′uɪ] and later unstressing as [u], phs. also influenced by Oor, our.]

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