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A number of English words have Scots origins. Glamour, for example, comes from English grammar and Scottish gramarye (namely, occult learning or scholarship). It means magic, enchantment, spell.

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red, adj. comparative mair reid; superlative maist reid As early as the 15th century, criminals in Scotland were being “apprehendit¬† with the redhand”. It is not until the 19th century that Walter Scott used the form “red-handed” . The redness of the legs caused by exposure to the elements gave rise to the name redshanks.

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Scottish word – Teckle

Teckle (Dundee) – very good, entertaining

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