English as spoken in Northern Ireland (long)

John Cowan cowan at mercury.ccil.org
Tue Jun 3 09:29:18 CEST 2003

Jon Hanna scripsit:

> In my
> home-town "I doubt it will rain" means, bizarrely, "I believe it will
> rain", but that doesn't exist even a few miles away from there

For the record, this is a traditional Scots/English lexical difference:
from the Border to the Six Counties, "doubt" for "believe" is commonplace,
though certainly not universal.  I don't know if it exists in Orcadian.

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as hard as ever you can, it is my opinion that your acquaintance in the
large-pattern leather ulster' (and by this he meant the Crocodile) 'will
jerk you into yonder limpid stream before you can say Jack Robinson.'"
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