Scottish Word of the Week #3


I’m putting these two terms in one post, as they are so commonly used together…

v. slang, to know/recognise/have knowledge of, “know what I mean?”

Origins of usage:
[Old English cennan; related to Old Norse kenna to perceive, Old High German kennen to make known]

n. woman/girl

Origins of usage:

[Hen as slang for “woman” dates from 1620s; hence hen party “gathering of women,”

first recorded 1887].

“I dinnae ken what yer sayin’, hen!”
“Need a bag, hen?”
“It’s no’ my problem, but I help anyway, ken?”


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