Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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MESSAGE, n. Also messige. Sc. usage: a visit to a shop to make purchases, most commonly in pl. of the purchases made, one's shopping. Gen.Sc. Phr. to go the messages, to do one's shopping. Comb. message boy, an errand-boy. Gen.Sc. Sc. 1788 Caled. Mag. (Sept.) 516:
Janet Baxter . . . said she was out a message about eight o'clock on the evening of the robbery.
Kcb. 1896 Crockett Cleg Kelly vii.:
I came . . . to ask about the situation of message-boy.
wm.Sc. 1903 S. Macplowter Mrs. McCraw 30:
A'd tae keep the bairn at hame tae rin the messiges.
m.Sc. 1917 O. Douglas The Setons iii., x.:
A message-boy went past, with his empty basket over his head, whistling a doleful tune. . . . He went to school (except when he “plunk't”), ran messages for shops.
Arg. 1952 N. Mitchison Lobsters on the Agenda i.:
I'll get my messages at the shop while I'm down.
Gsw. 1957 Bulletin (2 March):
Because their wives could not buy their weekly messages on Friday nights over 100 men staged a lightning strike in Glasgow yesterday.

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"Message n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 19 Oct 2021 <>



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