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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

brogue

\brohg\ , noun;
1.
Any strong regional accent.
2.
An Irish accent in the pronunciation of English.
3.
A durable, comfortable, low-heeled shoe, often having decorative perforations and a wing tip.
4.
A coarse, usually untanned leather shoe once worn in Ireland and Scotland.
5.
Brogan.
6.
A fraud; trick; prank.
Quotes:
“Nothing like hair of the dog that bit ya, as long as it's green hair,” he said in that brogue that was getting old.
-- Michael Connelly, The Lincoln Lawyer
His brogue grew less heavy, his speech more formal, tailoring it to his audience.
-- James Rollins, The Doomsday Key
Origin:
Brogue originally referred to a type of shoe worn by rural Irish and Scottish highlanders. The word came to be associated with the accent of these people by the early 1700s.
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