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Ray Girvan

Re "ca'canny" - I'd never run into it in that context as a noun. As a verb, it's just Scots for "go carefully", as the folksy road sign in Glen Tanar: "Ca' canny doon the brae" - "go carefully down the hill".

The OED citations suggest the noun usage is an American expression of the late 19th and early 20th century. It seems more or less synonymous with "work to rule".

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