A man considering himself unjustly blamed for not doing what he considered had been beyond his power, and so feeling aggrieved replied :
" Foo cooda quin a coodna?
Cooda dae mair or a cood, cooda ?"
(Eng. " How could I when I could not ? Could I do more than I could, could I ? ")
Communicated to Mr. Black by Mr. A. K. WILLIAMSON, a native of Shetland.
Source: Country Folk-Lore Vol. III, Examples of printed folk-lore concerning the Orkney & Shetland Islands, collected by G. F. Black and edited by Northcote W. Thomas; published for the Folk-Lore Society by David Nutt, 57-59 Long Acre, London, 1903