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03:25 Feb 14, 2007
Scots to English translations [Non-PRO]
Scots term or phrase: haroosh
scottish derivation and definition of woord haroosh requested.
Jan O

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2Are you sure it's Scots?
Jack Doughty



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Are you sure it's Scots?

I found one Irish definition for it, and it may be the same in Scots:

Sir: When I was a junior public servant in Dublin, a jovial colleague, reliving his salad days, told me how he had been rebuked by his strait-laced mother for staying out all night. In his defense, he said he had been at a "hurroosh" (his pronunciation). Asked what that might be, he explained that it was "a party of six ladies, six gentlemen, and twelve dozen of stout." I offer this as a footnote to your footnote on haroosh ("something between a hassle and a brouhaha, or maybe a shenanigan") in the July 30 review of Honor Tracy's The Straight and Narrow Path.

But I also found this:
I first heard the word "haroosh" uttered by a schoolmaster in 1953, during
> the Rhodesian Schoolboys' Exploration Society's Expedition to the Lower
> Sabi and Chipinda Pools. I suspect it was imported from India. I
> it as an old Colonial Service word, defined roughly as "a general process
> of bureaucratic disturbance, confusion, fear, suspicion and agitation,
> usually involving the search for the guilty and the punishment of the
> innocent, initiated by the nabob at the apex of the administrative pyramid
> in reaction to the incompetence or political incorrectness of an underling
> or underlings."

It can also be a surname in Hebrew and Arabic.

Jack Doughty
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