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Concern, aff air, collection. From Northern Ireland: ‘I sent off the whole rickmatick’. From Forfar: ‘Brocht the hale [whole] rickmatick clatterin’ down on the fl oor’. People usually talked about ‘the whole rickmatick’. This is rick in the sense of ‘heap, pile’ (as in hayrick), with the numerical sense of arithmetic not far away.

Found in: Donegal, Strabane, Omagh, Fermanagh, Dungannon, Newry and Mourne, Armagh, Craigavon, Banbridge, Down, Ards, Lisburn, Belfast, Castlereagh, North Down, Antrim, Cookstown, Derry, Limavady, Magherafelt, Coleraine, Moyle, Ballymoney, Ballymena, Larne, Newtownabbey, Carrickfergus, Highland, Moray, Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen, Angus, Perthshire and Kinross, Dundee, Fife, Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, South Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian, West Lothian, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire, Argyll and Bute, Monaghan, Stirling, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, North Ayshire,

About The Book

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.

In The Disappearing Dictionary, linguistics expert Professor David Crystal collects together delightful dialect words that either provide an insight into an older way of life, or simply have an irresistible phonetic appeal. Like a mirror image of The Meaning of Liff that just happens to be true, The Disappearing Dictionary unearths some lovely old gems of the English language, dusts them down and makes them live again for a new generation.

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