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GUEST,Donal BS: Spake Norn Iron (47) RE: BS: Spake Norn Iron 20 Jan 05


"The Hamely Tongue" by James Fenton has 'clipe' (to tell, inform on) from Middle English 'clepe' and Old
English 'cleopian' (to call, to name).

And secondly, 'clipe' a large piece, a large area, (origin obscure).

Burns in "Halloween" uses 'blypes' to describe someone losing large pieces of skin from his knuckles.

Fenton's book is subtitled 'A Personal Record of Ulster-Scots in Co. Antrim.'


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