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Encyclopaedia of the North East

Q - Qaich to Quine


quaich 18-quhaich em>e16 
1 n A drinking cup, usu wooden staved but also made from silver. 
2 n A bowl-shaped depression in the landscape. 

The quaich is of highland origin, the name being a corruption of the Gaelic cuach, a cup. The shape is familiar to most of us wide and shallow, with wedge-shaped horizontal handles whicht to the convivially minded, seem to invite a hearty grasp, and which certainly facilitate its being passed from hand to hand when circulated as a loving cup. 
F Marian McNeill 1956. The Scots Cellar. 

 n A stone hand mill for grinding grain. 
2 adj Full of grains or granules la18- 

The cronach stills the dowie heart, 
the jurram stills the bairnie; 
but the music fur a hungry wame's 
the grindin o the quernie. 

And loes me o ma little quernie! 
grind the gradden, grind it; 
we'll a get crowdie when its done, 
and bannocks steeve tae bind it.
'The Quern Lilt' traditional song

quean, quine 
1 n A young woman. 
2 n A female child. 
3 n A maidservant. 
4 n A female sweetheart. 
5 n Term of abuse a bold impudent woman, hussy, slut. 

Women can experience disruptions to their work experiences through getting married and moving or through moving with their husband's job. Redundancies, dismissals and illness commonly disrupt their work in later life. Child deaths and the end of a marriage can disrupt their domestic activities and promote quicker returns to work.
Shirley Dex 1984 'Women's Work Histories' 


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