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Scots Word of the Month!



Adj: Obstinate; stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion or chosen course of action, despite attempts to persuade one to do so.

Synonyms:  stubborn, headstrong, wilful, unyielding, inflexible, unbending, intransigent, intractable, obdurate, mulish, stubborn as a mule, pig-headed, bull-headed, self-willed, strong-minded, strong-willed, contrary, perverse, recalcitrant…

[Prob. obs. buck = he-goat + sturdy, solid, with meaning extended to “immovable.”]

“He’s as bucksturdie as a mule when he tak’s it in’s heid.”Dictionary of Scots Language

Art credit: “Mr Stubborn” © 2017 THOIP (a Sanrio company)

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