DESCRIPTION: In his youth the singer would defiantly say "Imph-m,": "ower dour to say Aye!" Later, he stole a kiss from Jean when she shook her head "no" but said "imph-m." Now his children taunt him the same way "sae I've gi'en ower the 'Imph-m', it's no a nice word"
AUTHOR: James Nicholson (1822-1897) (source: Ford)
EARLIEST DATE: 1863 (Nicholson)
KEYWORDS: courting children humorous
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Greig #170, pp. 1-2, "Im-Hm" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Robert Ford, editor, Vagabond Songs and Ballads of Scotland [second series] (Paisley, 1901 ("Digitized by Google")), pp. 218-219, "Imph-m" (1 text)
James Nicholson, Kilwuddie and Other Poems (Glasgow, 1863 ("Digitized by Google")), pp. 146-148, "Imph-m" (1 text)
cf. "The Bonnie Wee Window" (tune, per Ford); "Gee-wo-Neddy" (tune, per Nicholson)
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