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First published 1976 (SND Vol. X).

BLEGGAGE, n. See quot.:Sc. 1957 D. Daiches Two Worlds 117:
There was one word in the Scots-Yiddish vocabulary that has always puzzled me: this was ‘bleggage’, applied to an ill-behaved youngster. My father used to maintain that it was a corruption of ‘blackguard’, and perhaps it was a mixture of ‘blackguard , and ‘baggage’.

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"Bleggage n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 6 Oct 2022 <>



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