How to say Hogmanay?

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The key to the correct pronunciation of "Hogmanay" (Letters, 30 and 31 December) is its Scandinavian origin: it is closely related to the Swedish words "hög" and "måne", meaning "high" or "full", and "moon". The Scottish Presbyterian Eloquence of 1693 recorded: "It is ordinary among some plebeians to go from door to door upon New Year's Eve, crying 'Hagmane'."

The key to the correct pronunciation of "Hogmanay" (Letters, 30 and 31 December) is its Scandinavian origin: it is closely related to the Swedish words "hg" and "mne", meaning "high" or "full", and "moon". The Scottish Presbyterian Eloquence of 1693 recorded: "It is ordinary among some plebeians to go from door to door upon New Year's Eve, crying 'Hagmane'."

TERRY MOORE

Petershill Road

Glasgow