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US, pers. pron. Also Sc. forms †ous (Fif. 1766 Session Papers, Ramsay v. Martin (25 Nov.) 119), †ows (Ayr. 1776 Session Papers, Petition T. Chalmers (19 Jan.) 4), oos (Per. 1915 Wilson L. Strathearn 82); wis (Sh. 1822 S. Hibbert Description 470, 1891 J. Burgess Rasmie's Büddie 20, 1949 J. Gray Lowrie 95), wiz (Sh. 1898 Shetland News (3 Sept.), 1918 T. Manson Peat Comm. 24, Sh. 1973), wus (Ork. 1885 Peace's Almanac 127); 'is (Sh. 1891 J. Burgess Rasmie's Büddie 88; Rxb. 1942 Zai), iz (Slk. 1899 C. M. Thomson Drummeldale 1, Cai. 1905 E.D.D.; Rxb. 1942 Zai), uz (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B. and now freq. in m.Sc.); and in unstressed position 's (Per. 1891 H. Haliburton Ochil Idylls 24; Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) 92; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.), 'z (s.Sc. 1873 D.S.C.S. 187; Cai. 1905 E.D.D., Per., Fif., Lth., Ayr. 1915–26 Wilson, Rxb. 1942 Zai). Gen.Sc. For emphatic forms see Hiz. [ʌs, (ɪ)s, (ɪ)z; †us; Sh. + wɪz]

Sc. usages:

1. Comb. us-anes, -yins, we, those of our group or party, used as subj. or obj. (m.Sc. 1973). Gsw. 1950 H. W. Pryde McFlannel Family Affairs 27:
Wi' us-yins bidin' in the close Ah'm no yased wi' stairs.
m.Sc. 1972:
You come wi us-yins, and us yins'll see you hame.

2. Used in apposition with a n. subj. = we. Also in colloq. Eng. Abd. 1930:
Us Varsity girls wid never dee a thing like that.
Sh. 1962 New Shetlander No. 63. 4:
Wis grown-up lasses were aye anxious ta ken what wir future was gyaan ta be.

3. As in colloq. or dial. Eng. as an unemphatic substitute for me (Per., Fif., Lth., Ayr. 1915–26 Wilson). Gen.Sc. Rxb. 1868 Trans. Hawick Arch. Soc. 12:
I tell'd him a lee, and he just felled iz like a herrin'.
s.Sc. 1873 D.S.C.S. 188:
The true Objective Singular ma is now almost obsolete, exeept among old people, the plural us being regularly used instead.
Rxb. 1925 E. C. Smith Mang Howes 6:
If onybody hed eyed iz, hei'd heh thocht A was shuir ready for Bowden!

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"Us pers. pron.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 5 Aug 2021 <>



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