• Paul Anthony Jones

Collieshangie

(n.) a violent, noisy argument


Victorian-era slang crops up fairly regularly on the Haggard Hawks Twitter feed (indeed a few choice examples ended up being among the most popular tweets of 2015), but there’s one word that’s so Victorian it was even used by Queen Victoria herself. A collieshangie is a noisy argument.

Admittedly, although we’re labelling it a Victorian term here (as that’s when it first gained any wider currency, and is often listed as such in slang dictionaries), the word collieshangie itself actually has its origins in eighteenth-century Scotland: it probably began life as culleshnagee or cullyshang, an old Scots dialect word presumed to be a compound of collie (a sheepdog) and shangie, a word used for both a noisy quarrel, and a restraint attached to a dog’s tail to make it behave.


Either way, collieshangie can fairly confidently be said to derive from one very angry dog.

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