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Spik Doric : Lesson 54

Quinkins. Noun. Leftover scraps of food. Pronounced as it looks. I should be honest here and admit that quinkins is one Doric word I had never encountered until a reader [...]
Spot the mistake

Spot the mistake

I WAS in London on business the other week and spotted this hanging outside the Cocoa Exchange in Belsize Road. I can’t make up my mind if the sign is a genuine mistake or a deliberate mis-spelling to get attention. The staff claimed not to know (but their chocolates are affa fine). Yes, I know […]

Aunt Ruth would be hopping mad

Aunt Ruth would be hopping mad

I am very, very irked with the Scottish National Party at the moment. In February, my Aunt Ruth died at the age of 88. She had been a lifelong supporter of the SNP. She had marched with them on demonstrations, even when well into old age. She had attended their conferences as a delegate. She […]

Spik Doric : Lesson 53

Spik Doric : Lesson 53

Stappit. Verb, past participle. Packed to bursting. Pronounced exactly as it looks. Stappit is what happens when you eat too much, or you pack so much junk into the back of your car that you can’t get the doors and tailgate shut, or when your sink doesn’t drain properly and you unscrew the S-Bend in […]

Scotland loses a fine politician

Scotland loses a fine politician

I was very sorry to hear of the death of Margo Macdonald MSP at the age of 70. She was one of the finest intellects in the Scottish Parliament, as well as a woman who thought always of the electorate first and herself and politics second. That order of priorities is all too rare in […]

Times gone by at Turriff

Times gone by at Turriff

This latest archive photo from North-east Scotland in the 1970s shows Turriff in 1979. We’re looking from Market Street, down through The Square, towards Main Street and finishing with the then-modern block of Turriff Academy in the distance on Victoria Terrace. If you know Turriff at all, you’ll spot that this picture dates from before […]

When a book becomes a collector's item

When a book becomes a collector’s item

I’m indebted to reader Maggie Wylie for this one. She was trawling through Amazon to see what books she might fancy and came upon this listing for one of my back catalogue, Spik o the Place, a primer in 1,000 Doric words and definitions. She was astonished at the price and, I must confess, so […]

Spik Doric : Lesson 52

Spik Doric : Lesson 52

Pech. Verb. To puff and pant under great strain. The CH is pronounced as in loCH. Pech is one of Doric’s onomatopoeic words; that is, it sounds the same when you pronounce it as the meaning of the word itself. Even if you didn’t know what “pech” meant, just saying it would give you a strong […]