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Friday, December 31, 2010

Hogmanay

\hog-muh-NEY\ , noun;
1.
a gift given on New Year's Eve.
proper noun:
1.
New Year's Eve in Scotland.
Quotes:
Farther on, Gib Dempster's dame, Kate, is at her door, with the bottle in her hand, to give another menagerie of maskers their "hogmanay," in the form of a dram; and Gib is at her back, eyeing her with a squint, to count how many interlusive applications of the cordial she will make to her own throat before she renounce her opportunity.
-- Alexander Leighton, Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume 17
The children who went about on December 31 asking for their "hogmanay" were really asking for a Scottized French word for a cake.
-- "A changed meaning," The Glasgow Herald, 1947
Origin:
Hogmanay is the name for Scottish New Year's Eve. It probably comes from the Old French aguillanneuf, "last day of the year."
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