Farm labourers when countryside population and sociability was at its peak.
The Scottish Word:

Howk.

“Sic guid seasonal earnings winni gang awa. Nae machine will ivir howk tatties oot o the glaur fitlike hauns can – it canni de done, happy days.”

Translated:

howk: dig out.

“Such opportunity for earning substantial seasonal funds will never go away. No machine will ever dig potatoes out of such sticky mud as hands can – it cannot be done, happy days.”

[howk spelled out in the phonetic alphabet.]

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