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Spik Doric : Lesson 85

Nott. Past participle. Needed. Pronounced as it looks. There is a curious feature about today’s Doric word. “Nott” is a simple past participle meaning “needed”, as in: “Mary gaed back tae [...]
Cabrach remembers its war dead

Cabrach remembers its war dead

Back in February, 2014, I helped in a BBC programme which documented the sacrifices made by rural Scotland in wartime. My segment consisted of a tribute to the many hundreds of men and boys from the Cabrach, roughly that triangle bounded by Dufftown, Rhynie and Lumsden, who gave their lives in World War I. You […]

Neep of the week

Neep of the week

Some people need saving from themselves. I’m thinking of Mr McArthur Wheeler, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who demanded money with menaces from one of his local savings banks. The staff were puzzled that, unlike most bank robbers, Mr Wheeler had made no attempt to disguise himself. He simply strode into the bank in full view of […]

Bitten lips of customer service

Bitten lips of customer service

You might have noticed a news story listing the 20 daftest complaints made by holidaymakers in the last year. These included someone who wanted a refund from a coach-tour company because “the guide was too ugly”; someone who went on a fly-drive to Germany and was upset that the road signs were not in English […]

Spik Doric : Lesson 84

Spik Doric : Lesson 84

I morn. Adverb. Tomorrow. Pronounced with a short i, as in “it”, while morn rhymes with torn, but with a longer O, as in “mohrn”. One of the best ways for a non-native to tell the difference between a Toonser (son of daughter of Aberdeen city) and a Teuchter (son or daughter of the rural North-east) […]

Another scam to clean you out

Another scam to clean you out

This is one of those tales that lurches from unfortunate coincidence to financial panic, and I hope it provides some of you with plenty of advance notice. Another financial scam is doing the rounds and someone I know was the latest target. A couple of evenings ago, my mother mentioned that she appeared to have […]

When courtesy works both ways

When courtesy works both ways

This is a story of two customers. Both were airline passengers. Both were due to fly with British Airways from London Heathrow to Aberdeen last Friday afternoon. Both turned up with roughly 90 minutes to spare before check-in closed, and both discovered that the previous BA flight had been cancelled and that its passengers had been […]

Spik Doric : Lesson 83

Spik Doric : Lesson 83

Lirks. Concrete noun, plural. Folds of midriff fat. Pronounced as it looks. They would be known as muffin tops these days; those rolls of midriff fat that spill over the tops of trousers and skirts. Older non-Doric generations know them as middle-age spread. To Doric-speakers, they are simply “lirks”, and they are becoming more common as Western […]

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