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Offline Hibee

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Mickle/Muckle
« on: Sunday 16 May 10 15:52 BST (UK) »
I'd be interested to learn which parts of the UK use(d) "mickle" to mean small, and in which parts it meant large. 

In Midlothian, I was brought up with "Mony a mickle maks a muckle" (many small things add up to a large thing), but I think that, when you get as far south as York, mickle means large (e.g. MickleGate, from the Old Norse Mykla Gata - Large Street).

It must be unusual for a word to have opposite meanings within such a small area.

Hibee
Midlothian: Adam(s), Meikle/Muckle
Leith: Bridges
Edinburgh: Brown
Prestonpans: Bird, Inglis
Fife: Wemyss
Orkney: Brock
Ireland: Sweeney

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