Dominie

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Dominie (Wiktionary definition) is a Scots language and Scottish English term for a Scottish schoolmaster usually of the Church of Scotland and also a term used in the US[1] for a minister or pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church.

Origin[edit]

It comes from the Latin domine (vocative case of Dominus 'Lord, Master'). When the Church of Scotland began to introduce universal provision of education in Scotland after it became established as a national church in 1560, its aim was to have a university educated schoolmaster in every parish. The minister sometimes served as the dominie. Over time this came to be used as a term for a minister, schoolmaster or university student.[2][3]

Many Scots hold the universal provision of education in high regard, which was one of a number of social improvements to arise from the Scots Reformation. It accounts for a difference in attitudes to education between Scotland and other UK countries.[dubious ]

In the United States the same word is used to describe a pastor in the Dutch Reformed Church.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ van der Sijs, Nicoline (2009). Cookies, Coleslaw, and Stoops: The Influence of Dutch on the North American Languages. Amsterdam University Press. p. 219. 
  2. ^ "dominie n. a schoolmaster, teacher". Scots Language Centre. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "dominie". Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005.