The Proverbs of Scotland
One specimen of a bad article is sufficient.
Ae swallow disna mak a summer.
Ae word before is worth twa behint.
Ae year a nurse and seven years a daw.
Does this very old proverb mean, that if a woman nurses for one year, it takes seven years to recover from the effects of it? Ray has a very ungallant note on the English version of this: "Because, feeding well and doing little, she becomes liquorish, and gets a habit of idleness."
A' fails that fools think.
A fa'ing maister maks a standin' man.
A fair maid tocherless will get mair wooers than husbands.
A fair offer is nae cause o' feud.
A' fellows, Jock and the laird.
"Spoken when unworthy fellows intrude themselves into the company of their betters."--Kelly.
A fey man and a cursour fearna the deil.
Meaning literally, that a predestined man and a war-horse (or stallion, as the word "cursour" more immediately implies)