the unco guid

the unco guid

Those overly concerned with or adherent to ethical, moral, or religious principles. I'm sick of the unco guid chastising us for letting loose at the weekends with a bit of wild behaviour. Who are they to tell me what's proper or not?

the unco guid

strictly religious and moralistic people. Scottish, chiefly derogatory
Unco , a Scottish alteration of uncouth , means ‘remarkably or extremely’, while guid is the Scottish form of good . The expression comes from Robert Burns 's Address to the Unco Guid, or the Rigidly Righteous ( 1787 ), and it generally carries an implicit charge of hypocrisy.
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Among the most famous of these last are those addressed to a clergyman with whose theology he disagreed and against whom he had a personal grudge: The Holy Fair, " Holy Willie's Prayer, " "Address to the Unco Guid, " and " Address to the Deil.