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deepooperit

Applied to someone in a state of imbecility, mentally or physically; worn out. ‘A very common expression as applied to bodily frailty’, says an observer from the Shetland Isles. Its potential usefulness extends well beyond those islands. I regularly feel deepooperit.


Found in: Shetland Islands, Highland, Orkney,

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Wherever you go in the English-speaking world, there are linguistic riches from times past awaiting rediscovery. All you have to do is choose a location, find some old documents, and dig a little.

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