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FASHION, n., v. Obs. Sc. forms: fasson (Ayr. 1823 Galt Entail xxxv.), fassoun, fauson, fawson; fasin (Sh. 1836 Gentleman's Mag. II. 589), fesson, faissin.

Sc. usages:

I. n. 1. In pl.: Manners, behaviour (Sh.10, Ags.19, m.Lth.1, Uls.4 1951). Rare or obs. in Eng. Gen. with qualifying adj., as fair fashions, good manners, politeness; ill fashions, bad manners, esp. inquisitiveness (ne.Sc. 1951). Sc. 1829  E. Logan Restalrig iii.:
Wha kens what unsoncy fashions he may hae learned in the countries ower the sea.
Lth. 1856  M. Oliphant Lilliesleaf xvi.:
It is not in my way to discuss the father's fashions with the bairn.
Ags. 1870  Kirriemuir Observer (7 Jan.) 3:
For a' his fair fashions it was soon seen that he was just the auld thing.
Abd. 1912  G. Greig Mains's Wooin' 48:
I'm nae spierin' for ill-fashions. I hiv something in my e'e.
Kcd. 1932  “L. G. Gibbon” Sunset Song 165:
It was Mistress Melon that brought him through, her meikle red face fair shaking with ill-fashionce [sic], agog to know what was toward.

2. In phr.: to make (a) fashion, to pretend, make a show (Sh.10, Bnff.2, Abd.27, m.Lth.1, Bwk.3 1945). Cf. obs. Eng. fashion, a pretence. Sc. 1816  Scott Antiquary xvi.:
Now he hardly touches ony thing, only just pits a bit on the plate to make fashion.
Ags. 1861  Arbroath Guide (19 Oct.):
[He] was only makin' a faissin.
Abd. 1951 27 :
He vrocht geyan little though he aye made a fashion o tearin in.

II. v. Only in ppl.adj. fashiont, †fassoun'd, †fa(u)sont, †fawsont; †faciant (Ayr. 1809 W. Craw Poet. Epistles 53), †fussent. Of a specified appearance, manner or disposition. Sometimes used absol. = well-mannered, respectable, seemly, also sarcastically = polished but gen. preceded by a qualifying adj., auld, fair, ill, weel, etc. Itl-fashiont specif. connotes (a) quarrelsome, irascible (Fif. 1825 Jam.); (b) rudely inquisitive (Sh.10, ne.Sc. 1951). Ayr. 1786  Burns Twa Dogs ll. 141–2:
There's monie a creditable stock O' decent, honest, fawsont folk.
Edb. 1811  H. Macneill Bygane Times 22:
Thae sam schools, Whar nought is seen but fashion'd fools.
Edb. 1821  W. Liddle Poems 243:
The debtor then maun hae recourse To some fair fawsont soothing words.
Ayr. 1847  Ballads Ayr. (ed. Paterson) 85:
Ilka lass is thrang engaged Wi' some weel fassoun'd callan O'.
Rnf. 1852  J. Mitchell Grey Goose Quill 112:
It wad save me a great deal o' trouble an' gar the house leuk far mair fashiont like.
Abd. 1871  W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xix.:
He's jist a sneevlin', ill-fashion't creatur, 't maun be meddlin' wi' a'thing.
Abd. 1898  J. R. Imray Sandy Todd 12:
Ull-fashioned deevils like them nae doots hae wyes an' means o' fin'in' oot a'thing.
Abd. 1913  G. Greig Mains Again 16:
Bit Mains said gin ony ill-fashiont breet i' the kitchie wantit to ken jist sen' them ben to him.
Abd. 1951 27 :
Fa is he, that, gin it binna ill-fashiont spierin?

[O.Sc. fassoun (1375), fassioun (1530), faschioun (1540), to make a fassone, to pretend (c.1615), Mid.Eng. fasoun (c.1320), faschyown (15th cent.), O.Fr. façon.]

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