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Bill Paterson nostalgically recalls Scots words that flavour his formative years. His favourite word is “fankle” and he applauds the way this word captures the emotion of confusion. Bill confirms that in his childhood years, youngsters could have faced corporal punishment if caught speaking Scots in the playground. He goes on to explain that previously Scots words were only spoken and rarely written down. He supports further study of the Scots language and their introduction to the modern classroom. The children of Kittybrewster School are featured, speaking in their native Doric.
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First broadcast:
20 June 2011

Classroom Ideas

Can be used as a general example when studying formal and informal register or as an example when studying public attitudes to different registers. Can be used as a starting point when studying dialect. Students could watch and discuss the clip, focusing on how context and audience can influence aspects of language use. Students could reflect on whether attitudes to formal speech are changing.