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The Concise Dictionary of Scottish Words and Phrases

The Concise Dictionary of Scottish Words and Phrases [Kindle Edition]

Betty Kirkpatrick
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Few people who are either native speakers of English or who have learnt English as a foreign or second language visit Scotland with any expectations of experiencing language difficulties. For the most part, their confidence is justified, provided at least they stick to the traditional tourist places and pursuits. The most difficulty they are likely to experience is with regional variations in accent and pronunciation, and that variation is true of many countries. Discerning tourists may have some awareness of the fact the Highlands of Scotland have a language of their own, Gaelic, that is completely different from English. However, if they think about the language of lowland Scotland at all, they probably assume that this is more or less English with, perhaps, a few dialectal differences. In this they are quite wrong. Historically, Scots is not just a dialect of English. It is a separate language, being rather a cousin of English rather than an offshoot, both languages having their roots in Anglo-Saxon. The Scots language became different in several ways from English, having, for example, noticeable vocabulary differences. For example, it was subject to linguistic influences from other languages, such as French, which did not affect English. Scots, however, gradually lost ground to the language of Scotland’s more powerful neighbour. This gradual process of anglicization led to Scots being replaced by English as the official language of Scotland. The English language then represented, as it were, the public voice of Scotland, and, as such, also became the chief literary language of Scotland.


A concise but comprehensive collection of Scottish words and phrases.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 216 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1905102887
  • Publisher: Matrix Digital Publishing (25 Oct 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004INHEN6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,859 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars very useful and interesting 28 May 2010
Having moved from south England to Aberdeenshire, met new friends and in a new community, I thought it would be a good thing to be able to get to know the local dialect. It is really a different language a good deal of the time. This book is easy to use and is a nice, 157 pages and 14.5 x 11cm size, alphabetical selection of Scottish words with sentence meanings. I have looked up things and also, my new friends & I have had fun going through it together!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scottish Words & Phrases 21 April 2010
I loved this little gem of a book and some of the words were so familiar as I had heard them used so often by my dear mother.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this great little book 2 Mar 2011
By jill
I bought this book as a birthday present for my friend. She is english but loves the scottish accent but cant understand some of our words, she has been reading the book and just loves it and would recommend to other people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful reading for all lovers of language 13 May 2008
By Brad Shorr - Published on
This little book was given to me by a blogger friend from Scotland who shares my love of words and language. Though reading is not exactly like being in Scotland, it sure does give you a feel for its mood and texture. The mood of the language, to my surprise,is far from the dour and conservative one I expected. The language is full of joyful, playful, and clever expressions. The author has compiled hundreds of words and phrases with brief definitions and examples of how they are used in everyday Scottish speech. She also provides a good deal of etymological detail, and it was surprising to learn how many languages have contributed to the Scottish vocabulary. Her many citations from Burns were an added treat! It's the perfect book for a train ride, a picnic, or a day at the beach.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Handy little book 27 Oct 2010
By C. Mcgovern - Published on
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This is an adoreable little book (it can fit in your back pocket). My parents are from Scotland and even though I was born here I have heard many of these words/phrases on a daily basis. I really like the way the book uses the word in a sentence as an example after defining the word. It had me giggling several times. It is a quick read and there are certainly numerous more scottish slang words that my mom felt should have been included, but for the basics it serves it's purpose.
5.0 out of 5 stars I use this all the time! 21 Jun 2012
By Katrina MacGregor - Published on
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Go to Scotland alot, read alot of Scottish history and historical novels- name Scottish dogs, use this all the time, it's GREAT.
5.0 out of 5 stars So helpful! 3 Dec 2010
By student63 - Published on
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Ordered this book on the advice of my Glasgow pals. Couldn't be happier I took their advice. Great find, which arrived well packaged and in ample time.
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