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ago Corpus occurrences Authors Lallans / Central Doric / Northern Orkney Shetland Southern Ulster
Occurences normalised per million words149.6 84 124 188.1 397 447.5 105.2 102.3
Number of occurrences228109 64 11 20 9 15
Number of authors34 22 4 7 6 12

Occurrences of ago in Corpus

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Fenton, James On Slaimish, (Ullans Press 2009 ISBN: 9781905281299) Ulster, poetry
t wheesht! Sure thon wuz lang ago. on page 32

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Burnett, Colin A Working Class State of Mind, (Piermont 2021 ISBN: 978-1914090158) Lallans - East Coast, prose
; ah wis like yae, many moons ago the noo, mind yae, but ah wis on page 19
hat wis up until a few months ago. When ma boss imported a mach on page 22
d a smoke oaff aboot two year ago come up tae yae like a long l on page 40
anly foond oot masel two days ago and ah've no spoken tae anycu on page 63

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Donovan, Anne Matilda In Scots, (Itchy Coo 2019 ISBN: 978-1785302350) Lallans, weans
the wee ragabash hauf an hour ago and her faither's kent her aw on page 81
ever fleggit. 'It's that lang ago,' she added, stechin mair cri on page 100

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Leslie, Deborah Doric - Alive an Kickin, (Argo Publishing 2004 ISBN: 978-0954615314) Doric - Inverurie, prose
Ah shid hiv steed you up lang ago," said Winnie, es the bus lur on page 21
e, it wis mair nor twinty ear ago. Ah think wi'v aa meeved oan. on page 60

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Thomson, Mark Bard fae thi buildin site, (Luath 2007 ISBN: 978-1906307141) Lallans - Dundee, poetry
shoulda been dain a lang time ago on page 99

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Morrison-Smyth, Anne Alice's Carrants in Wunnerlan, (Evertype 2013 ISBN: 978-1-78201-011-1) Ulster - Ballymoney, prose
e had nae clear idea hoo lang ago oniethin had heppent.) Sae sh on page 22
the dream o Wunnerlan o lang ago; an hoo shae wud feel wi aal on page 125

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Goodall, Phyllis J. Lallans 59 - Last May a Braw Wooer, (Lallans Magazine 2001) Doric, newspaper
's fickle craiters. Sax month ago ye thocht the sun shone...Wel on page 94

1 matches

McHardy, Stuart Speakin o Dundee: Tales Tellt Aroun the Toun, (Luath 2010 ISBN: 978-1-906817-25-1) Lallans - Dundee, prose
ales here are fae a lang time ago when the difference atween hi on page 10
t in the far past. Lang, lang ago there were certain aspecks o on page 16
oot the back a meenit or twa ago,' the landlady replied. Strai on page 24

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Percy, Ely Duck Feet, (Monstrous Regiment 2021 ISBN: 978-1916117921) Lallans - Renfrew, prose
w words oor class learnt ages ago except ah couldnae remember h on page 19
d, But that wis thirteen year ago an it's aw changed. Aye but y on page 52
tae Australia thirty odd year ago. Ma ma disnae see her sister on page 57
i her wee dog that died years ago. She gied Laura an Charlene i on page 107
er da tolt them aboot a month ago but made them promise no tae on page 120
Also on pages 130
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Logan, Liam Thon Ulster Scots Book, (Galdanagh 2014 ISBN: 978-0992881405) Ulster - Dunloy, prose
s mair characters aboot years ago; there wus a lock less tak ab on page 44

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Burgess, Wilson Dae Ye See: Ulster-Scots Poems, (Scots Language Centre 2007 ISBN: 978-0955791604) Ulster - L'Derry, poetry
That wis a lang time ago; on page 21

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Leslie, Deborah Doric - Hale an Hairty, (Argo Publishing 2011 ISBN: 978-0954615345) Doric - Inverurie, prose
'"Aat wis aa a lang time ago," interruptit Joyce. "The twi on page 6
a bonny simmer's day so lang ago. on page 19
icht - bit aboot twinty year ago - he's hair...an even teeth. on page 54
telt it to me, aa them years ago... on page 63
in, "Onyroads, aat wis months ago - she'll need te get a grip on page 75

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Clark, Thomas Diary o a Wimpy Wean, (Itchy Coo 2018 ISBN: 978-1785302145) Lallans, weans
It wis a few year ago I met Rowley, when he first f on page 19

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Campbell, Robert Lock Doon Poyams, (Independently 2021 ISBN: 979-8742155812) Ulster, poetry
Auld harvest gleened sae lang ago on page 29

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Wilson, Rab Accent O the Mind, (Luath 2006 ISBN: 978-1905222322) Lallans - New Cumnock, poetry
he warld, aamaist eichty year ago, on page 87
A million year ago. on page 140

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Tait, John M Lallans 60 - The Three Hooses, (Lallans Magazine 2002) Shetland, weans
move there? We all did, long ago."
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Sandison, Iris Da Tree Peerie Grice, (Shetland For Wirds 2002) Shetland, weans
ence apun a time, a lang time ago noo, dey wir tree peerie gric
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Cartmill, Claire Three score years an ten, (Ballymoney and Moyle Times 2014) Ulster, newspaper
But lang ago it was nae so, when I wus at
1 matches

Curran, Doug Chuckies fir the Cairn, (Luath 2009) Southern - Galloway, poetry
Gaen mair nor sixty year ago.
1 matches

Johnstone, Ian Tuney Loon's low doon, (The Fraserburgh Herald 2000) Doric, newspaper
yin cam fae Italy no sae lang ago, an sayed that it's healthier
unhidebound happenings o lang-ago weanhood.
2 matches

Calderwood, Lynsey Mumbo Jumbo, (Litro magazine 2006) Lallans, prose
w words oor class learnt ages ago except ah couldnae remember h
1 matches

De Luca, Christine Thule Revisited, (Shetland For Wirds 2007) Shetland, poetry
an winder if da bairns o lang ago
1 matches

Smith, Alex A Sair Fecht, (self-published 2003) Doric, prose
Weer that wis three years ago, an the operation wis a succe
jist a fyle ago he noticed something wis wran
2 matches

Smith, Alex A Fer Chauve, (self-published 2005) Doric, prose
heid) aboot five year ago. "Foo lang wis you in the hos
ago. (Sprayin kills the knott gir
for sale aboot seven year ago. Naebody seemed tae want tae
Fin I retired twa year ago the Germans business wis boom
anither. (That wis twa year ago). Aiberdeen Angus got a puckl
5 matches

Blackhall, Sheena Minnie, (Scots Language Centre 2004) Doric, prose
ett sapples. 'Twa hunner year ago this verra nicht, the Warlock
r learnin. An twa hunner year ago this verra nicht, the Deil ca
uce hid deid a pucklie months ago an hid flitted ooto his hoose
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Hall, Simon W. Tae thee, or no tae thee?, (Brisk Northerly 2020) Orkney, blog
nd noo. Wance, aboot ten year ago, in the bank in Kirkwall, a w
1 matches

Hall, Simon W. Lands o Twatt, (Brisk Northerly 2018) Orkney, blog
Eighty year ago, wartime servicemen sniggered
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Donovan, Anne Not Scotland, (Edinburgh International Book Festival 2010) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
back years ago but his da’s fae Glasgow so
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Cara, Dillon, Ami and Travis Bogle Adventure, (Scots Hoose 2017) Doric, weans
Lang lang ago in the days o lang syne there
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Kerr, Oliwia, Sarah and Amber Fiona and the Ring, (Scots Hoose 2017) Doric, weans
Lang lang ago in the days o lang syne there
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Rebecca, Casey and Stephen The Baby Dragon, the Wolves and the Lassies, (Scots Hoose 2017) Doric, weans
Lang lang ago in the days o lang syne there
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Fitt, Matthew Whuppity Stoorie, (Scots Hoose 2017) Lallans, weans
Lang lang ago, there wis a puir young wife
1 matches

Burnett, Colin Takeover, (colinburnett.co.uk 2020) Lallans - East Coast, prose
ssion fur teachin a long time ago. This didnae stoap Aldo sucki
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Burnett, Colin Ordinary Criminals, (colinburnett.co.uk 2019) Lallans - East Coast, prose
n oor ancentors a hunner year ago are the same yin’s dain us
1 matches

Wilson, Rab Chuckies fir the Cairn, (Luath 2009) Southern - Dumfries, poetry
ndfu o grey ashes; lang, lang ago at rest.
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Robinson, Philip Oul Licht, (Ullans Press 2017) Ulster - Larne, poetry
itch sichts an soons fae lang ago
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Clark, Thomas Yes Nae Mair, (Bella Caledonia 2016) Lallans, blog
tae the front press twa years ago an unsuccessfully forgotten.
1 matches

Gauld, Ilene Ilene Gauld - Piper and Poet, (Doric Future 2020) Doric - Keith, poetry
ote a wee booklet a lang time ago caad "Smile a Fyle" which I s
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McHardy, Stuart The Wey Forrit, (Luath 2017) Lallans, prose
the waves. It wis a lang time ago, an it micht jist be as the d
ghts are safeguarded. As long ago as
Twa hunner year ago warnin was gien that Scots wi
eakin, mair nor a hunner year ago — an that some o these tale
collectors noticed lang, lang ago that sangs hae lots o local v
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Forrest, Liam Hittin the Toon, (Scots Hoose 2020) Lallans - Dunfermline, prose
w auld they wurr fifteen year ago.
1 matches

Halfpenny, Cameron Ahlice's Adveenturs in Wunderlaant, (Evertype 2015) Southern - Borders, prose
ce hed nae real idea hoo lang ago onyhin hed occurred.) Sae she
th dream o Wunderlaant o lang ago; an how she would feel wi aw
2 matches

Mc Rae, Thomas The Neep Lantern, (Lowdown-L 2009) Lallans - Central, prose
es until that last nicht lang ago when oor innocence cam tae an
1 matches

McQueer, Chris Hings - Short Stories 'n That, (404 Ink 2017) Lallans - Glesga, prose
Anywey, that wis years ago. Must be aboot, pfffft, mibbe
ah da’s funeral a few month ago though. He must’ve forgoat
2 matches

Baikie, R. M. Mair Fairming Tales, (Baikie 2000) Orkney - Hackland, prose
bull whut I haed a few ears ago?” Billo spiered me wan day
Id happened long ago,
Hid wis a blink o time ago, Tam hid cheus left the schoo
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Heather, Alistair Whaur we cam fae: the Pechts, (Mak Forrit 2018) Lallans - Angus, blog
at Pechts war a fowk fae lang ago that haed aa the nobility an
1 matches

Uri, Antonia The birds an the bees, (Mak Forrit 2018) Doric - Aberdeen, blog
r David Attenborough nae lang ago wrate a post on Facebook, tae
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Uri, Antonia Fit tae dae aboot obesity?, (Mak Forrit 2018) Doric - Aberdeen, blog
ernicious anemia fower ’ear ago. There’s fowk fa struggle w
1 matches

Uri, Antonia Widney’s Fuil, (Mak Forrit 2017) Doric - Aberdeen, blog
na cam fae there, an nae lang ago ah wis lat in on the story o
rsation ah haed aboot a month ago. Nae ance durin ma seiven yea
2 matches

Hall, Simon W. No the Six o Clock News, (Bella Caledonia 2016) Orkney, blog
s dialogue owre a hunder year ago.
tchin on BBC Alba a few month ago, wae its beautiful Gaelic voi
2 matches

Hall, Simon W. Crackan the troughs, (Brisk Northerly 2021) Orkney, blog
r said tae me a couple o year ago, ‘I mind when I war young g
1 matches

Meikle, William Overheard in a Cemetery, (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Ayrshire, prose
d really talkin' tae me years ago. Wis
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Bennett, Peter Sharks, (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
‘It aw startit a few months ago. They stoapped ma money. Welf
1 matches

Bennett, Peter The Party ay the Year (Part One), (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
When wis that, five minutes ago? Cos ye look like ye’ve jus
1 matches

Bennett, Peter Carpe Diem, (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
they took me oan eight weeks ago. ‘It’s yer pal, Stevie. Y
1 matches

Bennett, Peter The Guru an Zander, (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
here. The gear ran oot hours ago. They’ve been burstin ma ba
ch. ‘. . .an hour an a half ago.’
2 matches

Bennett, Peter The Bools, (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
e arsed, eh? Not five minutes ago, oot there in the street, som
1 matches

Bennett, Peter TA Hauf an a Hauf, (ABCTales.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
They widnae’ve dared years ago cos they’d huv goat a blood
boax.’ That wis five years ago noo. Christ, is it really tha
yin that tae masel five years ago an aw.
3 matches

Bennett, Peter Park trife, (ABCTales.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
recent square go aboot a year ago an McDade punched his cunt in
1 matches

Grae, Emma Dancin wi the Rhona, (unbound.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
Wullie Stirlin aw those years ago, ah’ve nae idea if or when
“Eight days ago.”
ewan hud tellt me a few weeks ago that ah could o haundled this
Ah left ma plague pit a week ago.
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Stewart, Anna An Alien Feeling, (Scots Hoose 2019) Lallans, prose
wis true. It wis a few weeks ago now, and if it had been someo
ocked oot o me aw those years ago. I ay think aboot her efter t
2 matches

Strachan, Shane Hoast, (Scots Hoose 2020) Doric, prose
s a story... A couple o year ago, she won twa thoosan pound at
Aye. The folk here lang ago were fairmer fishermen, and t
the meeting. A couple o days ago I wis chiky and joked that it
3 matches

Strachan, Shane Standing Stone, (northwordsnow.co.uk 2016) Doric, prose
atellite company a year or so ago, maintaining the aul NATO and
1 matches

Hutchison, Pat Catty, (McStorytellers.com 2017) Doric - Banffshire, prose
hoose that’s siventy years ago. Mabel gave anither sigh and
1 matches

King, Angeline Weans o Latharna, (angelineking.com 2021) Ulster - Larne, weans
n,’ ah saed. ‘A lang time ago, there lived a king. He was a
1 matches

Muir, Glenn David of Seafield, (McStorytellers.com 2016) Lallans - Linlithgow, prose
ened mair than hauf a century ago and I must confess the actual
1 matches

Muir, Glenn Lion Rampant, (McStorytellers.com 2016) Lallans - Linlithgow, prose
Swamp Pride aboot fower month ago,” Shug purred.
it wis, but then aboot a week ago it aa goes tits up. Somehow t
2 matches

McKillop, Roger Uprisin' an' Doonfa', (McStorytellers.com 2016) Lallans - Edinburgh, poetry
n meenits, ten bluidy meenits ago! A wis ‘hale, wi’ ma bloo
1 matches

McKillop, Roger Wee Roge Boobs, (McStorytellers.com 2015) Lallans - Edinburgh, prose
ht up wi’ Jinty A few years ago oan Facebook. When A reminded
1 matches

McKillop, Roger Ma Heroes o' Sport, (McStorytellers.com 2015) Lallans - Edinburgh, prose
cades, stones an’ follicles ago A used tae run Marathons. Com
1 matches

McKillop, Roger Ma Heroes o' Music, (McStorytellers.com 2015) Lallans - Edinburgh, prose
an’ when asked a wee while ago, what Ronnie thought aboot a
1 matches

Philips, Cally Gonnae No Dae That, (McStorytellers.com 2017) Doric - Turriff, prose
the trough three hunner years ago an’ then some. Acts of Unio
1 matches

Philips, Cally Jings, crivens, help ma Boab, it’s independence!, (McStorytellers.com 2013) Doric - Turriff, prose
d as we had twenty-five years ago when we used tae sit roon ma
1 matches

Gillen, Charles Whun A’ The Kye Had Names, (Ullans Press 2005) Ulster, poetry
them, them oul’ boys lang ago,
But Jamie dee’t lang years ago, an’ if richt is richt I ma
2 matches

The Westender Mairchers did oor toon prood, (The Hawick Paper 2007) Southern, newspaper
A few years ago it seemed tae mei that the su
1 matches

McDonald, Hamish The Girnin Gates - Chapter 12, (Itchy Coo 2003) Southern, prose
lished aboot thurty-odd years ago."
an they demolished hit years ago. An Ah'll tell yez another hi
n in Partick, hunners a years ago, an ye cannae huv nae
3 matches

Occurrences on Scots Twitter

@sovereigndaisy tweeted in Doric

@DoricPhrases tweeted in Doric

@FaeFoggie tweeted in Doric
i watlzers a puckle o months ago. Nearly spewed on ma sheen.(2019)
u, iss ceedee wis fae a filey ago. 19 year ti be pricise. She d(2019)
mine apply for i police years ago fan I wis jist a young loon. (2019)
doon ti at pool puckle I days ago and een o i bairns loved it. (2019)
oot in Glasgow a puckle years ago. Was in the @ButterflyAndPig (2019)
and 2 other matches.

@Seperatist_No1 tweeted in Lallans
t we passed that stage awhile ago.(2020)

@beast_afc tweeted in Doric

@cligeey tweeted in Doric
ooking oot at this 6 odd year ago https://t.co/nlLMf54agM(2020)
der Gid through Haddo an hour ago tattie crisp packets appeared(2020)
e Stonehaven sea tours a year ago a rare day https://t.co/veg57(2020)
Two years ago this week it wis weet as well(2020)
c_Ally Hid a rake roon a file ago bonny min(2020)
and 3 other matches.

@daleser23 tweeted in Doric
u that photo aboot 10 minutes ago(2013)
@RossAndrew7 cana mine. Years ago i watched it(2013)

@Franwella tweeted in Doric
nnenaylor she jist left 5mins ago x(2012)

@fittiecrooners tweeted in Doric
lame o'mine fae aboot 50 year ago! Michty, could nae get oot o (2017)
ttle o'cheap wine fae 20years ago in ma cupboard(2017)
hard side! The menu 40 years ago wis a toastie, bug o‘ crisps(2018)
it! Ma ain liver hid it years ago tae see it on the menu every (2018)

@glenlivetloon tweeted in Doric

@alistairdunn tweeted in Lallans
lk posting articles fae years ago on facebook telling us it's g(2014)

@DavidJWood2 tweeted in Lallans

@jax6754 tweeted in Lallans
txt! A gave up oan that ages ago......plus predictive txt wiln(2014)
eiding tae sleeps bout 20mins ago Coach? Be in touch somepoint (2016)
Night night! Discovered ages ago I study best at nicht! Lucky (2015)
East Lothian just a few oors ago! xxx?????? https://t.co/v4EDG(2015)
though you said similar 9mins ago! Hee hee! Nicht nicht! Fae Sc(2015)
and 2 other matches.

@MartyMacMurtrie tweeted in Lallans
nd Act of 1998 means 22 years ago which signifies fir ‘A’ gen(2020)

@IshbelMcF tweeted in Lallans

@MartinBroon tweeted in Lallans
a forest in Canada,many years ago. Anyhoo, kept drillin, packin(2020)
done tae Us a whack of years ago ??. ????????. ????(2020)
a something a couple of years ago?(2019)
aboot 6tywan, and a lifetime ago? ??. ??. ????(2020)

@rosa_alba_macd tweeted in Lallans

@StuartPoet tweeted in Lallans
urnett16 Vote in fir ye yonks ago bud(2020)
which was a priory centuries ago, can still see the foundation(2020)
en o Scots weans no that lang ago Morag. Ah mind the tawse gett(2020)
A year ago today - this at @muirhead_ps(2020)

@HarryJosieGiles tweeted in Orkney

@peediepuss tweeted in Orkney
ke oot o someens gerdeen lang ago(2020)

@Chazzbat tweeted in Lallans
Ah uised tae follae him years ago, but Ah got fed up wi his nee(2020)
ran & Papa. They deid 35 year ago, but Ah still miss thum. Ah'd(2020)

@DABArbuckle tweeted in Lallans
ogramme made a wheen o' years ago that ye made wae/aboot Dick G(2020)
ted the Birks a ween o months ago. Whit a walk we hud. Ane o th(2020)

@fairpechtoot tweeted in Lallans

@kennethbryce184 tweeted in Lallans
he committee there many years ago - n big johnnys a legend tae (2020) twitter link
ly used tae b many many years ago m8 - when they hud a guid si (2020) twitter link

@LairnScots tweeted in Lallans

@raiphsays tweeted in Lallans

@Julie_Dennison tweeted in Shetland
A year ago daday I shook da hands o Mumf (2019) twitter link
first drivin lesson five year ago daday (2021) twitter link
in Ashens’ review o it years ago (2021) twitter link
wis da lounge aboot six year ago! ?? (2021) twitter link

@RedValkyrie84 tweeted in Shetland
da first time a peerie start ago and hits weird. White russian (2017) twitter link

@tattooedselkie tweeted in Shetland
I fell oot wi it a year or so ago, haed tae come back late last(2021)
, me granny telt me dis years ago. On da idder haand I wid say (2021)

@helenmoncrieff tweeted in Shetland
to have started a year or so ago with NHS and SIC spokesperson(2020)
e a lot rarer here ahem years ago.(2020)
e darlin ?? i mind many moons ago walking aroond a midden and s(2020)
A year ago, my #greyhound companion was (2018)
's that turned up a few years ago. Super peerie birds. Lovely t(2016)
and 2 other matches.

@jamie_ginger tweeted in Southern

@MarkThompStuff tweeted in Ulster

@TheFarrierPhil tweeted in Ulster

@the_gellick tweeted in Ulster
l me aboot it a wheen o years ago - was put in mind o it raice (2014) twitter link

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