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QUO, v. Also co, ko (Sh.); quod (Edb. 1773 Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 188), quot' (Sc. 1894 Stevenson Catriona ii.). Sc. variant and reduced forms of arch. and dial. Eng. quoth, said, pa.t. of †quethe, to say, speak. [k(w)o] Sc. 1720 A. Pennecuik Helicon 83:
Waes me, quo the King, it seems he's been a Thief.
Lnk. a.1779 D. Graham Writings (1883) II. 39:
Hech hay, co' she.
Ayr. 1786 Burns Holy Fair iv.:
Quo' she, an' laughin as she spak.
Sc. 1819 Scott Bride of Lamm. xxv.:
Have I heard, quo' she!
Sc. 1896 Stevenson W. of Hermiston v.:
Spinning them oot with endless “quo' he's” and “quo's she's.”
Sh. 1899 J. Spence Folk-Lore 39:
“I'll heuk awa mesel',” co Cuttie.
Ags. 1924 A. Gray Any Man's Life 49:
She quo', quo' she.
Rxb. 1925 E. C. Smith Mang Howes 15:
“Teedisome brae,” quo A.

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