Are both lass and lassie (a young woman) used interchangeably, and would their plurals be lasses and lassies? The dictionaries I've consulted seem to waver on this.

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    common where? These both are very uncommon terms for a young girl in the US. – Jim Apr 6 '18 at 1:29
  • These are common terms only in parts of the UK, and areas connected to the UK by immigration. You need to specify a location. – Hot Licks Apr 6 '18 at 1:49
  • Well, wherever either is common, which is the most common? The term used to be common in New Jersey counties (USA) that hosted the Scottish Games. The air was filled with lads and lasses (or lassies) and that sort of thing. – Zan700 Apr 6 '18 at 1:53
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    I would not be surprised if there is a regional variation. And it may also be the case that one or the other may be used, depending on context. – Hot Licks Apr 6 '18 at 2:19
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    My (British) take on it is that 'lass' is an informal, mainly Northern, term for a girl or woman, 'lad' being the male equivalent. 'Lassie' and 'laddie' are affectionate diminutives. Yes, the plurals are 'lasses' and 'lassies'. – Kate Bunting Apr 6 '18 at 8:18

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