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TAFFIE, n. Also taffy (Dmf. 1834 Carlyle Letters (Norton 1888) II. 241; e.Lth. 1892 J. Lumsden Sheep-Head 39; Rxb. 1954 Hawick News (18 June) 7). Sc. forms, also in n.Eng. dial. and U.S. = Eng. toffee, which is recorded later. [′tɑfe, obsol. exc. s.Sc.] As in Eng.; “a sweetmeat eaten only on Hallowe'en” (Dmf. 1825 Jam.). Sc. combs.: toffee-aiple, an apple dipped in slightly candied sugar and held on a stick to be eaten; toffee bool, a ball of flavoured toffee eaten mainly by children; taffie-join, a social gathering held by young people who club together to buy treacle for making toffee (Sc. 1893 N.E.D. s.v. Candy, n.1; ‡Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.), also in n.Eng. dial.; taffie knot, = taffie-bool; tafffie-shine = taffie-join; taffie-strap, a long flat stick of toffee. Sc. 1835  Wilson's Tales of the Borders I. 134:
Taffy, or what some ca' treacle-candy.
Dmf. 1912  J. Hyslop Echoes 260:
The story of Yid Gambie's “taffy-join” .
Edb. 1926  A. Muir Blue Bonnet i., xi.:
A gloriously decked toffee-bool. . . . A yard or so of stickjaw toffee-straps.
Fif. 1939  St Andrews Cit. (18 March) 4:
Wud ye like a toffee-aipple?
s.Sc. 1947  L. Derwent Clashmaclavers 76, 87:
She aye pits in some taffy knots. . . . Aiblins a taffy-aipple sweet.

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"Taffie n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Aug 2019 <>



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