Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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DIDDERUMS, “Half-daft notions: intractable behaviour; moods that refuse steady work” (Arg. 1936 L. McInnes Dial. s. Kintyre 14, obsol. or obs.); also used as a nickname. Arg. 1931 1 :
Ye can nuvver coont on that boy; he may tak the didderums ony meenit, for ye ken he's hardly aa there. We're aa ready for sea noo, but whaar's Didderums? He nuvver turns up in time.

[Didder + suff. -ums, used with humorous or pejorative force as in Breekums.]

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"Didderums n. pl.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 23 May 2019 <>



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