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Joe_F BS: Odd, rare words (80* d) RE: BS: Odd, rare words 02 Jun 18


The OED gives quite a variety of dialect meanings of "nesh", of which it says the "most prevalent" is "tender, delicate, weak; unable to endure fatigue or exposure; susceptible to cold". That makes it hard to guess what it might mean in a particular context. Furthermore, the OED does not mention the only meaning in which I have ever seen the word, which is given in the glossary of Hugh Macdiarmid's collected poems as "full of awareness":

Till clear and chitterin' and nesh
Move a' the miseries of his flesh.


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