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CLIP 12215

Kaye Adams on the power of Scots words

Kaye Adams on  the power of Scots words

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Key Info
  • Kaye Adams on the power of Scots words
  • Duration: 02:52
  • Kaye Adams discusses the use of Scots in a broadcasting context. She comments that she tries hard to include Scots words in her broadcasts. Kaye focuses on how Scots words add to the mix and notes that most people enjoy playing with language.She laments the fact that she seldom gets an opportunity to speak in Scots. Kaye confesses that she has worried that Scots words may not be seen to be ‘professional’ enough. Her favourite words are 'wheesht' and 'blether'. Kaye believes that the sounds of some Scots words are very descriptive. Words like eejit, bampot, clype and tumshie add much to the language.
  • Subject:



    Language Study: Spoken

  • Keywords: BletheringScots, Scots, language, literacy, speech, media, television, broadcasting, Scotland, Blethering Scots
Ideas for use in class
  • Conduct a survey amongst classes about Scots words that students have heard on TV, on radio, or in songs. Set a homework project which details Scots words used by parents, grandparents, carers, neighbours. Extend this topic by creating word banks of words which have come from other languages (most dictionaries will include details about the origins of words). Script a short radio play in Scots which could be broadcast on the school website. Encourage scripts which showcase some of the expressions in this clip, like ‘bletherin skyte’ and ‘cheeky besom’.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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