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Test your knowledge the Scots language
Though Scottish Gaelic is the native language of the Western Isles, it never was the native language of Lowland Scotland. What they spoke before adopting a dialect of English was the language that we know today as Welsh and which was once spoken over the whole of the southern and western parts of mainland Britain. So, though some want to make Gaelic more widely spoken and adopt it as the language of the whole of Scotland, there is also a movement to declare Scots an actual language rather than just a dialect.

If you want any proof that it's definitely very different, test how good your knowledge of Scots is here...

I managed 9 out of 10, partly thanks to an early exposure to Scots words via the Oor Wullie annuals my mum's friend used to send us each Christmas and partly to endlessrarities occasionally dropping words like "dreich" into her posts. :)

And now I'm wondering how "mingin" made it's way from Scots into English. It's a word that I didn't know when I was young, but have picked up via my kids when they were teens, so it has to be a fairly recent acquisition.
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gillo From: gillo Date: December 2nd, 2013 09:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Apparently I ken my neeps frae my tatties.

A mix of Burns and Dorothy Dunnett did it for me, I think. Mind you, I think you could probably find ten dialect words in Geordie which would confuse Southerners just as much.
cariadwen From: cariadwen Date: December 2nd, 2013 12:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
9 out of 10
trenton22 From: trenton22 Date: December 2nd, 2013 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm curious: What's your take on Scotland's vote to leave the U.K.? I just learned today that it's on the horizon.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 6th, 2013 11:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Now the UK is part of Europe, I don't see why smaller countries can't be viable. Scotland still has plenty of offshore oil, as well as a traditional manufacturing base, good universities and other advantages. It is probably looking to Scandinavia for examples of countries with small populations that do OK as independent countries.

Politically, Scotland (and Wales) are far more socialist than England. Having been given their own parliaments and some power over what happens within their own borders has helped ease the tensions, but culturally they are very different, certainly from London and the SE of England.
From: cmcmck Date: December 3rd, 2013 08:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Ten out of ten but then I am married to a Scots speaker so I have to be good at it! :o)

My favourite is a Norse escapee- Haar, for sea fog.
dendrophilous From: dendrophilous Date: December 5th, 2013 01:34 am (UTC) (Link)
7 out of 10.

I don't even know. Maybe via listening to lots of Celtic music for several years, and I also just finished reading Outlander.
pennski From: pennski Date: December 8th, 2013 12:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
7 out of 10 but a couple were guesses.
I thought I knew what "haver" meant from "500 miles" but I was wrong.
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