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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).
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SPAIGIE, n. Also spaegi(e), spagie. A stiffness in the back or legs caused by over-exertion, rheumatism, etc. (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., spaegie, 1914 Angus Gl., spaegi, Sh. 1971). Hence ppl.adj. spaegied, stiff in the back or legs. Cf. Speg. [′spe:gi]Sh. 1953 New Shetlander No. 35. 13:
All kinds of sprains, the spagie and rheumatism.
Sh. 1963 New Shetlander No. 67. 9:
Aff we güde, braaly caald an spaegied.

[A n. usage ad. Norw. dial. speika, to walk stiffly, prob. ultimately cogn. with Spaik.]

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