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The 'lost' meanings of Hogmanay


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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 03:01 PM

The word Hogmanay is thought to have first been used widely following Mary Queen of Scots' return to Scotland from France in 1561.

Dr Heddle said: "That is when it is first recorded in dictionaries. It is of doubtful origin and may come from the French word 'hoginane' - gala day.

"The name could come from the Anglo-Saxon 'haleg monath' meaning holy month, or the Gaelic 'oge maidne' meaning new morning.

"But the most likely source seems to be French. In Normandy presents given at Hogmanay were 'hoguignetes'."


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Posted 01 January 2013 - 12:49 AM

"Hogmanay" is such a perfect word, all by itself, that we can only be diminished by knowing what it means. :D

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