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Spik Doric: Lesson 81

Lowse. Adjective; intransitive and transitive verb. Slack or loose; to release, to end the day’s work. The adjective rhymes with “mouse”. The verb and its forms take a harder S and rhyme [...]
Union Terrace in 1960

Union Terrace in 1960

This month’s old photograph shows Union Terrace, Aberdeen, in about 1960, I think, judging from the fashions, the signage and, most of all, the cars. You can just about make out at this resolution that the road surface is still cobblestones (cassies or granite setts in Aberdeen parlance). The awning of the Caledonian Hotel hands […]

Why Labour won't win in 2020

Why Labour won’t win in 2020

Nearly five years ago, the day after Ed Miliband was elected leader of the Labour Party, I wrote a newspaper column which went against the tide of the times. I wrote that Ed Miliband would never become Prime Minister. I am going to make another prediction now: whichever of the current candidates the Labour Party […]

Spik Doric : Lesson 80

Spik Doric : Lesson 80

Or. Conjunction. Until. Pronounced in the same way as the English word. Doric uses “or” in the same way as English: a conjunction which introduces alternatives, as in: “Yellow or red, high or low, David Cameron or Ed Miliband.” Doric uses “or” as a time conjunction, too. In Doric, “or” can mean “until”. “I couldna […]

Man of the election

Man of the election

One man stood out in the momentous 24 hours of the UK election and its results, and it wasn’t the victorious Prime Minister David Cameron. Take a bow Strathclyde University Professor John Curtice. John was the man who put together the BBC’s exit poll, which was announced minutes after voting closed at 10pm on May […]

Farewell to another old pal

Farewell to another old pal

Ask any of the three surviving Features Editors of The Press and Journal to name the most important person in the department during our respective tenures and all of us would say: “Rena.” You can imagine, then, that I was desperately upset when I heard last month that my old pal and colleague Rena Gaiter had died at the […]

Spik Doric : Lesson 79

Spik Doric : Lesson 79

Cockatoriehoo. Abstract noun. A shoulder-hoisted trip for children. Pronounced cock-a-tory-HOO. I promise you, I have not invented this word, but I know it might seem that way. I was stopped by a near-neighbour while out walking the dogs and she asked if I knew what cockatoriehoo meant in Doric because she couldn’t find it in any dialect dictionary and […]

Newspapers still in decline

Newspapers still in decline

I was speaking to a newspaper-delivery boy the other day. He had been getting up at 0600 for the last nine months, he said, and it had been a struggle some mornings. “Never mind,” I said. “It will look good on the CV if a prospective employer can see that you are reliable and flexible. […]

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