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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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'E, EE, pron.2 Gen.Sc. forms of Eng. ye, you (in w.Sc. also formerly = thee) when used unemphatically but in ne. and s.Sc. also emphatic, esp. in the lengthened form ee. [i, i:]w.Sc. 1857 in Jam.6:
I maun tell 'ee. Is tat 'ee?
Wgt. 1880 G. Fraser Lowland Lore 109:
Here's the penny; wull ee tuk it, or wull ee no?
Slk. 1893 Anon. Walter Wathershanks 6:
Ou'll no get fu' on the haufcroon 'e gied iz ony way.
Edb. 1895 J. Tweeddale Moff 138:
Guid's preserve us, where belang 'e tae?
Ayr. 1901 “G.Douglas” Green Shutters xiv.:
You have been playing the truant, have 'ee?
Abd. 1924 L. Coutts Caul' Nor'-East 5:
Aren't ee gaun tae the weddin?
Rxb. 1947 Hawick Express (27 Aug.):
Ee've nae idea how pleased Aw was whun Jennet cam' hyimm on Seterday efternune.
wm.Sc. 1994 Sheila Douglas in James Robertson A Tongue in Yer Heid 54:
"Sandy, man, it's guid ti sei ee!" he cried; then, staring at his brother's face, he added, "But what ails ee? Ee're lookin puirly!"

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