The Scots We Speak

Dookers. Heavy good. Peh. Bide. These are all words and phrases that are used in Scots, the language spoken in Scotland. The point about Scots, however, is that it’s very different depending on where you are in the country. If you say or hear bide, you can be anywhere in the country. With dookers, on the other hand, you’re likely in north east Scotland. If you pronounce pie as peh, you might be from Dundee or round about. If you say the film was heavy good, you’re likely from the Glasgow area. How Scots sounds also depends on how old you are – your granny might say drookit but you might say soaked through.

To find out more about the Scots, you will carry out research by completing a questionnaire on the words, sounds and sentences used in your area. From this, you will contribute to an archive of the language which will stretch from the north to the south and east to west of the country across all ages of speakers, providing a 21st century online resource of The Scots We Speak.

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The Scots We Speak