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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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CAMMOCK, CAMMACK, CUMMOCK, Camack, Cammick, Kammi(c)k, Camaig, Cammag, n. [′kɑmək, ′kʌmək Sc., but Abd. + kɑmeg; kɑməg Cai.]
1. “A crooked stick” (Sc. 1808 Jam.); “a short staff with a crooked head” (Cai. 1907 D. B. Nicolson in County of Cai. 68, cammag); “any kind of walking stick” (Ayr.4 1928). Known to our Abd. correspondents (1938). Also attrib.Sc. 1862 A. Hislop Proverbs (1870) 84:
Early crooks the tree, that good cammock should be.Abd. after 1768 A. Ross Fortunate Shepherd MS. 131:
A cammock staff, cut after nature's cast He leaned upon.Abd. 1872 J. G. Michie Deeside Tales (1908) xviii.:
He . . . proceeded to trace a cross on the path with the point of his camaig.Ayr. publ. 1834 Burns To Major Logan (Cent. ed.) iii.:
Until you on a cummock driddle, A grey-hair'd carl.
2. “The game otherwise called Shinty” (n.Sc. 1825 Jam.2, camack; Per. Ib., cammock). Also attrib.Inv. 1822 Abd. Jnl. N. & Q. I. 144:
A very spirited match at the Camack took place at Strathglass on New Year's Day. About two hundred active fellows were on the field to contend for the prize. . . . The Braes-men turned the course of the ball towards their mountains, and came off victorious.Inv. 1842 C. Bond Reminisc. Clachnacuddin Nonagenarian (1886) 5:
On Sabbath forenoon, instead of . . . going to the kirk, a numerous party assembled on the spot known as the bleaching green, and played a game of Cammack.Inv. 1978 Eona Macnicol The Jail Dancing 20:
They grumbled, as boys will; but it was pointed out to them that this was a more beneficial exercise for them than playing football or camack. Inv. 1978 Eona Macnicol The Jail Dancing 31:
... Hector Morrison, captain of the east-side camack team whom they were to meet for their annual camack match on New Year's Day.
3. “A kenk in a line, a quirk or spalter in the edge of a board” (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl., kammick).
4. “A preventive, a stop” (Sh. 1825 Jam.2; 1866 Edm. Gl., cammick); an obstruction or interruption to a project. A fig. use of 3.Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.:
I kent at de wid come a kammik itil it.
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