Neep……

No, this is not part of the script for ‘Mork & Mindy’, but the word of the day, yesterday, from the Oxford English Dictionary.
Wednesday 25th January.
I had a higher mood today even though I had quite a few activities to perform that can cause great anxiety; annual hypertension review with the nurse at my GP surgery, shopping list, chores, getting washed & dressed, actually going out to the shop to buy the stuff myself and a Burn’s Night supper to cook. I am pleased to say that, with help from DH in the kitchen, I actually managed to do everything and was feeling tired but a little happy afterwards rather than downright exhausted! DS came for the supper and spent the evening with us….bliss :)
You might be still wondering why the title of my post is ‘neep’, then, again, maybe you couldn’t care less, but I’m going to tell you anyway! Here’s the definition from my inbox;

neep, n.
Pronunciation: Brit. /niːp/, U.S. /nip/, Sc. /nip/
Forms: eOE naep, OE–eME næp, OE non-West Saxon–16 18 (19– Eng. regional (north.)) nep, eME nap, ME–15 neppe, ME–16 nepe, ME– neep, 15 neape, 16 nippe, 19– nepe Eng. regional, 19– nip Eng. regional (Suffolk), 19– nype Welsh English (north.); Sc. pre-17 nep, pre-17 nepe, pre-17 nipe, pre-17 17–18 nip, pre-17 17– neep, pre-17 17– neip, 18– neap; Irish English 18 neape Wexford, 18– neap, 19– neep.
Etymology: < classical Latin nāpus nape n.3

Old Icelandic næpa, Norwegian nepeare probably < Old English
In quot. 1791 at sense 1b perhaps shortened < parsnip n.
Now regional (chiefly Sc.).

1.

a. A turnip; (also, in later Sc.use) a swede. Also: a turnip plant or swede plant.

In Old English, perh. also applied to rape, Brassica napus.
The usual name in all Scottish dialects and current in Ulster and Northumberland, it is also recorded by Eng. Dial. Dict. (1903) in Cornwall, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Herefordshire, north Wales, and Leinster.
b. Sc. and Irish English (south.). A parsnip. Cf. mype n.
2. More fully wild neep. Any of several wild plants used medicinally; spec. white bryony, Bryonia dioica. Obs
3. Sc. A watch; spec.a watch in a case, a turnip watch.Sc. National Dict.(1965) records the sense in general Scottish use in 1963.

Our menu for the supper was;-
Cock a’ leekie soup & roll.
Haggis, neeps & tatties (potatoes- I mash them)
Tipsy Laird
Toast to the haggis; whisky.
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Author: irenefitz

Retired teacher and silver surfer. x

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