One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Times long past.
- ‘Should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne?’
- ‘Literally translated from Scottish dialect, the words auld lang syne mean old long since, or, in more familiar terms, days gone by.’
for auld lang syne
For old times' sake.
- ‘For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we'll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne…’
- ‘But he is taking an uncharacteristic risk for the sake of auld lang syne.’
Late 18th century: Scots (see auld, lang syne). The phrase was popularized as the title and refrain of a song by Robert Burns (1788).
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