Scots is a language spoken in modern Scotland. It is spoken by one and a half million people (2011 Census) and is an important part of Scottish life. The Scots language has many dialects.
There is Glaswegian, Doric, Edinburgh Scots, Dundonian, Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, Borders, West Fife, East Neuk, Stirlingshire, Shetland, Orcadian, Caithness and Galloway Irish and many others.
The language originated with the tongue of the Angles who arrived in Scotland about AD 600, or 1,400 years ago. During the Middle Ages this language developed and grew apart from its sister tongue in England, until a distinct Scots language had evolved.
Scots is spoken by old and young alike and can be heard in both cities and country areas. Scots was the language used by Robert Burns to write much of his poetry and today Scots is still used by poets and writers to great success. Scots is one of the most published minority languages in the world. In 2017 Matthew Fitt translated Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone into Scots making it one of the most popular Scots language books ever.
Check out this resource below for some brilliant Scots words to use in your everyday life
A Hunner Colourfu Wirds Tae Yaise Insteid O “Said”
(Black and White version)
Visit our resources page for more Scots language links
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