Question about Scottish

Peter A. McGraw pmcgraw at LINFIELD.EDU
Tue Feb 17 18:46:22 UTC 2004

To reach a lot of people familiar with Scots, you might try posting your
query to Lowlands-L, an e-mail discussion group devoted to Germanic
languages that originated in the lowlands areas of Europe.  (Scots is
included not because of the Scottish lowlands, but because its history is
traceable to immigrants from lowlands areas of Europe.)  Go to:

Peter Mc.

--On Tuesday, February 17, 2004 10:58 AM -0600 Gerald Cohen
<gcohen at UMR.EDU> wrote:

>      Would someone familiar with Scottish please let me know whether
> "Gie it us" (Give it to us) can be said. Or must one use the
> preposition "to": ("Gie it to us")?
>     I'm interested in cant "geetus" (= money; first attestation: 1926;
> variant spelling: "gheetus," which seems to indicate a hard g-).  The
> etymology is unknown, but if Scottish "Gie it us" exists, perhaps
> this is the basis of "geetus," with "it" here likely referring to
> stolen money.
> Gerald Cohen

Peter A. McGraw       Linfield College        McMinnville, Oregon
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