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SONNET, n. Sc. usages:

1. A song, a ditty (Bnff., Ags., Per. 1971), prob. as reminiscences of Burns. Ayr. 1790  Burns Tam o' Shanter 84:
Whiles crooning o'er some auld Scots sonnet.
Per. 1843  R. Nicoll Poems 82:
Mither spinning sat, droning auld sonnets to her wheel.
Per. 1898  C. Spence Poems 86:
Will sat souffing sonnets at the gill.

2. A tale, a yarn, a (tall) story, nonsense (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 174; Abd., Ags. 1971). Ags. a.1930  :
My grannie would say sarcastically, “Oh, that's a new sonnet ye've gotten the day.”
Ags. 1949  Forfar Dispatch (24 March):
Ye've mebbe herd auld fowk on this sonnet.

3. A fuss, a to-do (Ags. 1971). Ags. 1891  Arbroath Guide (18 April) 3:
There'll be a gey sonnet aboot this when Marg'et comes in.
Ags. 1896  A. Blair Rantin Robin 9:
There would be sure to be some ither thing to mak a sonnet aboot.

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"Sonnet n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Jun 2019 <>



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