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USAGE: "thole" vs. "dree"

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Friday, January 10, 2003, 23:03
I found out today that Scots has two verbs corresponding to English "endure,
put up with":

        thole: to put up with something because one has no choice
        dree: to put up with something as a choice

Vocabularists may be interested in this contrast.  I found it at
a page of Scots prescriptivism written in Scots.

The phrase "dree one's weird", therefore, means not merely to endure one's
fate, but to *choose* to endure one's fate.

Only do what only you can do.           John Cowan <jcowan@...>
  --Edsger W. Dijkstra,       
    deceased 6 August 2002    


Padraic Brown <elemtilas@...>