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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).

SANG, int. Also saang, san (Fif. 1899 J. Colville Vernacular 18), and in phrs. (by) my sang(s), by saggs, san(g)[i]t, singan certy [ < sang and certie]. A mild expletive of asseveration or surprise, by Jove!, upon my word! (Per. 1915 Wilson L. Strathearn 265; Sh., Ork., Bnff., Ayr., Wgt., Kcb. 1969). [sɑŋ]Rnf. 1790 A. Wilson Poems 87:
But, by my sang! now gin we meet, We'll ha'e a tramp right clever.
Sc. 1829 E. Logan Restalrig xiv.:
my sang(s), by saggs, san(g)′[i]t, singan certy.
Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb i.:
Sang, that's nae vera easy deen.
Rxb. 1873 Trans. Hawick Arch. Soc. 202:
Aye, ma sangs, en a good house it is.
Lnk. 1881 A. Wardrop J. Mathison's Courtship 105:
The nicht is wearin' late.; An' mither she wad say “my sang”.
Uls. 1886 W. G. Lyttle Sons of Sod iv.:
“It's freezin gie an' keen a'm thinkin'.“ “Sang, it is that, mem.“
Mry. 1897 J. Mackinnon Braefoot Sk. 169:
“Is't a corn? “said Eppie, “Na, san't,“ replied San'ers.
Sh. 1898 J. Burgess Tang 31:
Bi mi sang! I tink dat did him.
Ags. 1898 A. H. Rea Divot Dyke 72:
Anither rug — by saggs, a muckle troot.
Ork. 1908 Old-Lore Misc. I. viii. 317:
Bae me singan certy dat billy got siccan a gluff dat he gaed straight tae the tither ane.
Arg. 1917 A. W. Blue Quay Head Tryst 24, 86:
My sang! it's droll tae think o' you an' me crackin' here. . . . “Sang! we'll risk it”.
Sc. 1927 Scots Mag. (April) 3:
By sang! That took some daein'.

[Appar. ad. Fr. sang, blood, sim. used as an expletive in various slang, dial. or arch. phrs. par le sanc Dieu, sang (de) Dieu, sambieu, par le sang, bon sang, etc. Cf. Eng. 'odsblood, id.]

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