Words and Phrases
hoo fur onie sakes?

“hoo fur onie sakes?”

Meaning:

how on earth?

In Literature:

Excerpt from Tha Imperor an tha Nichtingell by BBC Tellytales - translated by Ulster-Scots Language Society

Tha Imperor haed a quare gunk whanivver he saa tha wee broon burd.
It leukked affa hamely an oorie – it wusnae aa that sonsie –
sae hoo fur onie sakes cud it sïng sae bonnie?


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