Tuesday, 9 March 2010

A wheen mair wurds

This week Diarmaid O Muirithe provided two more Ulster-Scots words in his weekly column in the Irish Times (8 March).  The first was knowe, which is the Ulster-Scots word for a hillock and which occurs in names such as Sandyknowes and Fairknowe in North Belfast.  The second was grummel,  which means rubbish or rubble and is used particularly of loose stones, earth or mud.  Both words are in use today and are part of the contemporary Ulster-Scots vocabulary.

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