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All get out

Posted by Gary Martin on February 07, 2010 at 09:42

In Reply to: All get out posted by Edward Putnam on February 07, 2010 at 09:38:

: "All get out". I believe has its origins in the idiomatic use of the word "ought" - as in 'duty' or 'what's coming to me'. Northern England: "I took out this bird, 'til I realized I wouldn't get ought from her".

'All get out' is a new idiom on me.

I think you are muddling 'ought', i.e. 'should', with 'owt', the Northern English dialect term for 'anything'.

'Owt' and 'nowt', which derive from the Scots 'aught' and 'naught' are still commonplace in Yorkshire and I hear them every day here. There's no sense in which they mean 'duty'.