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Santa 'marrow'? (Dowie Hills o'Yarrow) (8) RE: 'marrow'? (Dowie Hills o'Yarrow) 01 Nov 08

Thanks.   This does perhaps change my interpretation of the line from there not being any girl quite her match, to there not being any man good enough for her.

I think I'd have to have big pockets to stick the Concise in, so I did try! It is interesting that it appears in Old English as well as Scots and Gaelic, as I'd rather assumed it went into English usage from the Scots. I don't recall any male-female pairing being implied in NE usage, has anyone else encountered this?

I've just read Stephen Oppenheimer's "The Origins of the British", and one of his main themes is the presence of Germanic speakers in southern and eastern Britain in pre-Roman and Roman times. This could put any adoption of the word a long way back in history - perhaps even to Indo-European roots. Hmm, anyone know if it appears in Sanskrit?

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