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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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JUNE, n. Also Juin. See also Jeen. [I. and sm.Sc. dʒøn, dʒyn, dʒɪn]

Sc. usages in phrs. and combs.: 1. a June day and a January nicht, an expression for “never”; 2. June fever, see quot.; 3. the lang eleeven o' June, the 11th of June, Old Style, now the 22nd, reckoned to be the longest day of the year (Uls. 1953 Traynor).1. Sc. 1891 Scots Mag. (Feb.) 173:
It'll be a June day and a January nicht afore ye see Betty M'Scandie i' this hoose again.
2. Sc. 1855 J. C. Morton Cycl. Agric. II. 500:
Probably the most incurably sterile soils for oats are those lying on what is termed moor-band. On such land the plants grow beautifully, until the shot-blade or ear-leaf is formed, when all of a sudden the colour changes to a yellow hue, and when this occurs all hopes of a remunerating crop are destroyed. This failure is known in some districts of Scotland as the “June fever.”
3. Ags. 1853 W. Blair Aberbrothock 9:
I' the lang eleeven o' June month the feck o' the wals o' the toon gaed clean dry.
Ags. 1886 Brechin Advert. (2 Nov.) 3:
Loch Wharrel far ye can see Winter's ghost on the lang levent o' June.

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