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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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FORGET, v., n. Sc. forms and usages.

I. v. Sc. forms: For pr.t. see also Foryet; pa.t. ‡forgat (Lnl. 1768 W. Wilkie Fables 120; Rnf. 1805 R. Tannahill Poems (1875) 37; Rxb. 1826 A. Scott Poems 98; Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xvii.; Per. 1915 Wilson L. Strathearn 248; ‡Sh., Ags. 1953); firgat (Sh. 1901 Shet. News (10 Aug.)); forgot; pa.p. forgot(ten); ¶forgatten (Wgt. 1912 A. O. W. B. Fables 32), forgat (Rnf. 1876 D. Gilmour Paisley Weavers (1889) 101).

Dundee 1989 W. N. Herbert in Joy Hendry Chapman 55-6 92:
Ma dreams furgoat, Eh tuke thi doag
oot, an saw a hoodie craw
pile intae a cauld auld poke

II. n. Forgetfulness, absent-mindedness; an instance of such, an omission. Gen.Sc., obsol. Also in colloq. Eng.Sc. 1824 Scott St Ronan's W. xvi.:
He has been kend to sit for ten hours thegither, black fasting, . . . though he does it just out o' forget.
Lth. 1925 C. P. Slater Marget Pow 137:
It would mebbe just be a forget.

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