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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.

DEE, De, Di(e), pron. Sh. and Ork. forms of Eng. thee (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., die; Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), di; Ork. c.1912 J. Omond Ork. 80 Years ago 26, de). Also used for thou, thy. [di(:)]Sh. 1836 Gentleman's Mag. II. 593:
Gùd bliss dee . . . an bring dee weel ta dee nean agen.
Sh. 1914 Angus Gl. 163:
A'll haul dee ower da kols for dat.
Sh. 1918 T. Manson Humours Peat Comm. I. 160:
Whin dey ken as muckle aboot paet wark as dee an I, dey'll ken somethin.
Sh. 1949 New Shetlander No. 14, 15:
Taking from a big pack-sheet bag a ship's biscuit, he spread it thickly with Danish butter, and giving it to Magnie, said, “Hae boy, steek dat a dee knev.”
Sh. 1952 Robertson and Graham Sh. Grammar 4:
When there is more than one subject-word, me, her, him, etc., are used nominatively:- "Dee an me'll draa up da boat."
Sh. 1993 New Shetlander Sep 23:
"My boy," she said "di brakfast is in the western ocean."
Ork. 1929 Marw.:
Sit doon an' hild dee a meenit.

Hence deesell, thyself.Sh. 1931 Erty's Dilemma in Sh. Times (21 March) 7/5:
An' foo wid du express deesell?

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