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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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CO', Ko, v., pa.t. Quoth, said. Most common in Ork., but known in many other districts of Scotland. Bnff.2, Abd.19, Fif.10 1936 give it as still known, but Watson in Rxb. W.-B. (1923) gives it as obsol. Angus Gl. (1914) gives ko for Shet. [ko]Ork. 1915 J. T. S. Leask in Old-Lore Misc., Ork., Sh., etc. VIII. i. 42:
Och! co da trucker, sheu wad be blide tae deu dat.
Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore 62:
What was the case, my lass, gin I meith speer? That, co' the other, ye right now shall hear.
Lnk. c.1779 D. Graham Writings (1883) II. 222:
Haith, co' Maggy, I'll singe the woo' aff't.

[See Quo'. For the change of [kw] to [k], cf. Corter and quarter, etc.]

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