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Hogmanay: Word Wednesday (Increase Your Word Power)

Hogmanay is a Scottish word and denotes New Years Eve and associated with a good few ancient traditions such as “first footing.”  Note my use of the word “Scottish.” Nothing is more infuriating to a Scot, or this Brit with Scottish blood, than the use of the word Scotch in place of Scottish or Scot. Scotch is the drink! Rampant Scotland is where I found this information about the word Hogmanay: What does Hogmanay actually mean and what is the derivation of the name? Why do the Scots more than any other nation celebrate the New Year with such a passion? Why should a tall dark stranger be a welcome first foot visitor after midnight, carrying a lump of coal and a slice of black…

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