One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small bay or creek in Orkney or Shetland.in place names ‘Sullom Voe’
inlet, creek, cove, fjord, bayView synonyms
- ‘Since there are no rivers in Shetland, there is very little fresh water run-off in the voes (small fjords), and the chances of farmed salmon escaping up the rivers are negligible.’
- ‘Hope was what I found on this trip to the Shetlands, with all their voes and woes.’
Late 17th century: from Norwegian våg, from Old Norse vágr.
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