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[skot-uh-siz-uh m] /ˈskɒt əˌsɪz əm/
a word or idiom peculiar to or characteristic of Scots.
Origin of Scotticism
1710-20; < Medieval Latin scottic(us), variant of scōticus Scottish (Scōt(us) Scot + -icus -ic) + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This form for the past participle of the verb to prove is said to be a Scotticism.

    The Verbalist Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
  • The thing they most dreaded was to be convicted of a Scotticism.

    Robert Burns Principal Shairp.
  • In his own copy Bruce had written, "Starts thy curious voice to hear;" curious is a Scotticism, being equivalent to strange.

    The Genius of Scotland

    Robert Turnbull
  • I am sensible I myself have since that time acquired Scotch in perfection, and many a Scotticism withal.

    Red Gauntlet Sir Walter Scott
  • The following had an indescribable piquancy, which arose from the Scotticism of the terms and the manners.

British Dictionary definitions for Scotticism


a Scottish idiom, word, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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