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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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OFFICE, n. Also offish (Sc. 1825 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) I. 25, 1842 Whistle-Binkie II. 83). Sc. †usage = a workshop, a factory.Sc. 1761 Edb. Mag. or Liter. Misc. (1788) VII. 243:
The fish is fetched from on board to the cooper's office, boiled, pickled, and kitted.
Sc. 1855 Scotticisms Corrected 43, 58:
His father keeps a salt-office: say, a salt-shop. . . . He intends to establish a pie-office: say, a pie-shop.

[Cf. Eng. offices, outhouses, phs. also influenced by Lat. officina, a workshop.]

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"Office n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 12 Jun 2024 <>



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