THIS word seems appropriate for the run-up to Christmas. According to the Dictionary of the Scots Language (www.dsl.ac.uk), 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