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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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FACK, n. Also fac, fak. Gen.Sc. forms and usages of Eng. fact. See P.L.D. § 63.2.

Sc. forms:Abd. 1996 Sheena Blackhall Wittgenstein's Web 8:
Even the fack that he wis noo the ainer o a braw big Steeler - a spikken boolie - didna gee him up.
 Ags. 1985 Raymond Vettese in Joy Hendry Chapman 40 17:
is owre heich yet, tho' the average wage
accordin til the facs
gien us by the Chancellor (wha shud ken)
is better noo nor ever
it wis aneath yon lest bunch o gowks
Fif. 1985 Tom Hubbard in Joy Hendry Chapman 40 30:
O conscious an unconscious sel,
O heichs an deeps, o facks an dreams,
Articulatit bi a leid
Whase words maun intimately growe.

Sc. usages:

1. Make, shape, form.Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.:
A bonny fak a letter.

2. Used adv. (1) = indeed, really, truly; (2) in phr. (as) fac(k) as . . ., as sure(ly), certain(ly) as . . . (Per. 1915 Wilson L. Strathearn 199; Mry., Abd., Ags., Kcb. 1952).(1) Sc. 1843 N. Macleod Crack aboot Kirk I. 4:
Did they fac'?
Lnk. 1877 W. McHutchison Poems 28:
Ye'll find it fac' a tasty bite A buttered Bawbee Scone.
Ayr. 1890 J. Service Notandums i.:
Na! fack, na! Ye maun “Gae fa' upon anither plan.”
(2) Sc. 1868 G. Webster Strathbrachan II. v.:
There's nae living wi' a soul that's in the house, as fack's ye're there.
Kcb. 1897 Crockett Lads' Love xv.:
Nance has never lookit twice at a sowl since ye gaed ower the hill. This is fack as daith, and dooble daith.
Ags. 1898 J. Inglis Oor Ain Folk 30:
As fac's am leevin', he wad speir the vera guts oot o' a wheel-barrow.
Uls. 1910 C. C. Russell Peop. & Lang. Uls. 30:
He is the man who, “as shair as deeth (or “as fac' as deeth”), will tak' ye in, an' insist on giein' ye a half-yin, gin he sees ye in the fair.”
Mry. 1927 E. B. Levack Lossiemouth 42:
An' fack's death, an' A hadna' come oot there an' then they wud 'a' haen me awa' tae Forres.

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