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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).
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SHUG, n. Also shokk, sjukk (Jak.), deriv. shuggle (Cai.). Drizzle, fine rain or mist (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., 1914 Angus Gl., I.Sc., Cai. 1970). In phr. shokk a [of] mist, a thick wet mist, usu. occurring in the evening (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)). Adj. shuggi(e), misty, drizzly, foggy (Edm., Angus). [ʃʌg]Sh. 1898 Shetland News (21 Sept.):
He wis come doon a kind o' weet shug, sae 'at we lost sight o' Henderson.
Sh. 1949 P. Jamieson Letters 31:
It was coming down a “shokk a mist,” and Lowrie, having taken notice of the dun land before it was blotted out, began reciting the rhymes [as aids to navigation].

[Prob. Norw. dial. tjukka, kjukka, a thick overcast sky.]

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