Thursday, February 16, 2006
Is there a green hill outwith the city wall?
Outwith. It's a word that gets used in College meetings to mean outside - as in "let's deal with that outwith the meeting". Apparently although it's not in the dictionary, Google has Scottish references (e.g. civil marriages in Glasgow). As my spoof title suggests, it has the ring of without (=outside) when used in hymns. What is it about corporate documentation and meetings that makes us talk like this, given that we are some way south of the border?