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Encyclopaedia of the North East

D - Dag to doric


 n a type of hand firearm, a pistol; 
2 v to shoot. 

In Scotland, a country whose independence for centuries was only maintained by force of arms, and whose internal history down to the middle of the 18th century was a record of civil wars and family feuds, the possession of arms was a necessity and not a luxury.
C.E. Whitelaw 1923. Scottish Firearms.

durk la16c-dirk 19c- 
1 n a dagger. 
2 n a stab, a prod. la19c- 
3 vt to stab with a durk la16c-e20c

What slaughter made I wi ma durk, 
Amo Sarpedons troop!
David Fergusson 1785 A Selection of Scottish Poems Chiefly in the Broad Buchan Dialect.

Doric n 
A Greek dialect, or any dialect thought to resemble it. The language of North-East Scotland
The broad, hard dialect spoken by the natives of Doris, Greece. Hence any broad rustic dialect, and especially that of Scotland's Brewers Dictionary of Phrase & Fable 1970. 


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