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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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HINNIE-SPOT, n. Also hinnyspot, hinni-spot(t) (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)); honnispot (Ib.); honeyspot. The breast-hook in a boat, “a three-cornered piece of wood connecting the gunwales with the stern of a boat” (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., 1914 Angus Gl., Sh. 1957).Sh. 1862 Shet. Advertiser (3 Nov.):
Dey coodna see a styme farder dan da hinnyspot o da boat.
Sh. 1899 J. Spence Folk-Lore 135:
The blugga-banes of the halibut were stuck in the waa o' da lodge and under the eft hinnie spot o' da sixern for luck.
Sh. 1949 New Shetlander No. 19. 43:
He hed tarred her, patched her, pitten in new baands an' hinnispots.

[Orig. somewhat doubtful. Faer. ennis-pónur corresponds in meaning and resembles in form, O.N. ennispœnir, prow-ornament (enni, forehead + spánn, chip of wood). The altered form may be due to the influence of Norw. dial. hynna, hyrna, corner, and O.N. spotti, a small bit or piece, and to the existence of the entirely different hinnispott in Sh. (see Hinnie, I. 2. (15)).]

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"Hinnie-spot n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 19 Jun 2024 <>



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