Where does the word “Kaleyard” come from and What does Kailyard mean?

It is likely that few of the so-styled literati who speak with authority are aware of the fact that a kaleyard (also spelled kailyard) is nothing more nor less than a cabbage patch or kitchen garden.

The Scottish authors, Barrie, “Ian Maclaren” (John Watson), S. R. Crockett, and others, who wrote, a half century ago, of common Scottish life in ordinary Scottish villages were said in sarcasm by their critics to have introduced their readers to a “kale-yard school of writing.”

Despite these sneers, nevertheless, the books of these authors became immensely popular, another proof of Lincoln’s “God must love the common people; He made so many of them.”

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