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FUIRSDAY, n. Also F(e)ursday, Fo(a)rs-, Foers-, Foors-; Feers-, Fiers- (ne.Sc.). Sc. forms of Eng. Thursday, once in gen. usage but now obs. in Lth., sm. and s.Sc. (Sh., ne.Sc., Ags., Fif., Ayr. 1953). [Sh., m.Sc. ′fø:rzdɪ, ′fe:rz-, †Gall., Dmf. ′fo:rz-, ne.Sc. ′fi:rz-, Cai. ′fju:rz-] Ayr. 1786 Burns Reply to an Invit. ii.:
But Foorsday, Sir, my promise leal, Expect me o' your partie.
Rnf. 1791 A. Wilson Poems 234:
He gets the news, and tauld me that ye'd hecht A dawd o' goud, on this same Fursday night.
s.Sc. 1822 Blackwood's Mag. (Feb.) 180:
This is Forsday, ye ken, an' we hae a diet the day.
Hdg. 1892 J. Lumsden Sheep-Head 294:
“Is't to be on Tiseday or Wadnesday, or whan?” . . . “On Foorsday,” I jerked back.
Abd. 1900 C. Murray Hamewith 13:
Twa Fiers-days back she seem'd baith swak an' strang.
Dmf. 1912 J. & R. Hyslop Langholm 620:
Our fathers said . . . “Forsday” for Thursday.
Sh. 1949 J. Gray Lowrie 81:
Da moorit hog it doo slachtered a Foersday.

[The Sc. form has regularly F- for Th-. Cf. F, 1. O.Sc. Furisday, a.1400, Fuirsday, 1595, Forsday, 1598, O.N. þórsdagr.]

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"Fuirsday n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 25 Jun 2021 <>



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