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THIS word seems ap­pro­pri­ate for the run-up to Christ­mas. Ac­cord­ing to the Dic­tionary of the Scots Lan­guage (, a yule-shard is “some­one who leaves work un­fin­ished be­fore Christ­mas or the New Year, also for some­one who has no new piece of ap­parel to cel­e­brate the sea­son”. The ex­pres­sion is first recorded in Banff­shire in the mid­dle of the 19th cen­tury, and is marked as “op­pro­bri­ous”.

Yule is an an­cient word, found through­out the Ger­manic fam­ily of lan­guages of which Scots is a mem­ber. It first ap­pears in Scots at

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