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A Scots word and example sentence to learn:
- Definition: a covered drain, a sewer or the entrance to a drain; an arched passage for conducting water; a tunnel or passage.
- Example sentence: “He stachered alang the Kirk Gate and syne cowped heidfirst intae the cundie...”
- English translation: “He staggered along Church Street and then collapsed headfirst into the drain ...”
The word’s origins lie in the Latin word 'conductus'. ‘Conduit’ is a borrowing from Old French into English. The Scots word cundy is derived from Old French 'conduit' which meant 'a pipe or channel for conveying water'. Although used in other parts of Scotland, the word cundy is closely associated with Dundee.
The Cundeez is a popular local punk band from the city. Sheuch, a synonym of cundy, is a pivotal word in William McIlvanney's famous classroom scene “Ah fell an bumped ma nose in the sheuch, sur" when eponymous hero Docherty's teacher alludes to Scots being 'the language of the gutter'.
- Definition: A way, road, path.
- Example sentence: Naen tae help wis, naen tae hear wis, sae on the weary gate we geng.