An interesting word from Ulster and Scotland is claut, also found in places as clat. A noun, it means a grasping hand, a hold, clutch. Jamieson's 19th century Scots Dictionary has, 'Of a covetous person it is said, He takes a claut wherever he can get it.' ... The noun also means a handful, as much as the hand can hold. ... Walter Scott in Midlothian has, 'An auld carle wi' a bit land an a gude clat o' siller besides.'In both Scotland and Ulster you'll find the word claut to mean a long-handled scraper to rake cinders from a fire, or leaves for the burning. And so a rakeful, what is scraped together, such as Scott has in Rob Roy: 'Clauts o' cauld parritch, gude aneuch for dogs.'
Friday, 21 January 2011
Diarmaid O Muirithe explained the Ulster-Scots word claut in the Irish Times on Monday (17 January 2911).
Posted by Nelson McCausland MLA at 08:04