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To­day’s word is not at first sight dis­tinc­tively Scots. In­deed, it has a recorded his­tory in English since around the year 1000, when the An­glo-saxon monas­tic writer Ael­fric re­ferred to “breme­las”, i.e. rough, prickly shrubs. But although the word is shared be­tween Scots and stan­dard English the mean­ings are sub­tly dif­fer­ent.

Ac­cord­ing to the Dic­tio­nary of the Scots Lan­guage (, a bram­ble, also spelt var­i­ously brum­mel, brimmle and brim­bel, is com­monly used to re­fer to the fruit that in Eng­land is now gen­er­ally

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