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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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DAD, n.1 A euphemistic corruption of God, used in emphatic asseverations. Found in Eng. in 17th cent. and still in use in Nhp. dial. (N.E.D. and E.D.D.). Cf. Dod, int.Lth. 1893 A. S. Swan Homespun 97:
"Dad the fear o' that, man," said Tam sourly.
Edb. 1787 W. Taylor Sc. Poems 181:
He was wi' gab sae gifted That dad a bit cou'd I get shifted.

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