Word of the Day for New Year’s Day

The word Hogmanay has been with us for a long time – the OED’s first citation, in this gift sense, is from 1443, with the sense ‘the last day of the year’ following in c1680. It probably comes from the Old French word aguillanneuf, meaning last day of the year. Although essentially a word used mostly in Scotland, in recent years, notably with the surge in popularity of Edinburgh as a place to spend it, its reach has spread over the border.

Happy New Year.

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