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Denis Lawson spells out his favourite Scots words
Denis Lawson spells out his favourite Scots words

Dennis Lawson spells out his favourite Scots word on a Scrabble board. He nostalgically recollects the October Harvest rituals of his youth.

 
Dr George McGavin and the Scots word "clarty"
Dr George McGavin and the Scots word "clarty"

Duration: 03:32

Dr George McGavin suggests that the natural world invites us to use Scots words to describe its wonders. He becomes 'clarty' when he spends all day searching for unusual insects.

 
Dramatisation of Tim Collin's speech prior to the invasion of Iraq
Dramatisation of Tim Collin's speech prior to the invasion of Iraq

Duration: 04:34

Dramatisation of Tim Collin's rallying cry to his troops. It speaks of history, family, respect, duty, dignity and moral choice.

 
Elaine C Smith and regional variations of the Scots language
Elaine C Smith and regional variations of the Scots language

Elaine C Smith comments on the variety of Scots dialects. She encountered different words at different times in her life as she travelled the country.

 
Gavin Hastings on the word 'stramash'
Gavin Hastings on the word 'stramash'

Duration: 01:01

Gavin Hastings enthuses about the word 'stramash'. Gavin explains how the word sums up how if feels to play the game of rugby. Stramash suggests a scrum of energetic players.

 
Gettysburg Address: A Widow's Perspective
Gettysburg Address: A Widow's Perspective

Duration: 04:23

The Gettysburg Address given by Abraham Lincoln in 1863, as perceived by a war widow with young children.

 
Gettysburg Address: A Young Boy's Story
Gettysburg Address: A Young Boy's Story

Duration: 04:50

The Gettysburg Address given by Abraham Lincoln in 1863, as it might have been perceived by a young and enthusiastic boy.

 
Growing up with the Scots language
Growing up with the Scots language

Duration: 02:47

Comedian Sanjeev Kohli takes a humorous look at Scots insults. His favourite word is a "gowk". He feels the Scots language is a powerful linguistic tool and perfect for comedy.

 
How Stuart Cosgrove's childhood shaped the language he uses
How Stuart Cosgrove's childhood shaped the language he uses

Stuart Cosgrove relishes the use of Scots in the world of football. He believes that using Scots keeps our distinct identity alive today.

 
Jackie Kay - 'Old Tongue'
Jackie Kay - 'Old Tongue'

Duration: 03:48

Jackie Kay reads her poem "Old Tongue" and reflects that many Scots miss their native words when they move abroad or across the border to England.

 
Jolomo uses Scots words to describe expressive arts
Jolomo uses Scots words to describe expressive arts

The artist Jolomo explains how Scots words often sums up his thoughts about a landscape. He recalls a harsher, less colourful world in the smoky streets of his home city Glasgow.

 
Kaye Adams on  the power of Scots words
Kaye Adams on the power of Scots words

Duration: 02:52

Broadcaster Kaye Adams describes her experiences of using Scots in her professional life. She enthuses about the descriptive sound of Scots words.

 
Rab Wilson promotes the tradition of Scots language
Rab Wilson promotes the tradition of Scots language

Duration: 03:31

Rab Wilson writes, speaks and makes his living from the Scots language. Although many people cannot write Scots they can recognise many words.

 
Retaining Scots words in our everyday lives
Retaining Scots words in our everyday lives

Poet Mark Thomson comments on the words and sounds of Scots language and how they inform his writing.

 
Rhona Martin, Scots language and curling
Rhona Martin, Scots language and curling

Rhona Martin uses Scots language to describe curling.

 
Sanjeev Kohli highlights disgusting Scots words
Sanjeev Kohli highlights disgusting Scots words

Sanjeev Kohli looks at Scots words which make us feel uncomfortable. He has fun with the rhythm and rhyme of Scots expressions.

 
Scots and childhood
Scots and childhood

Duration: 03:23

Actor Bill Paterson explains the role Scots words have in his vocabulary. Bill reflects on his mother's use of Scots and contemporary Scottish children highlight Scots speech today.

 
Scots words for weather
Scots words for weather

Duration: 01:58

Presenter and singer Michelle McManus describes the weather in Scots.

 
Sir Jackie Stewart explains being jiggered
Sir Jackie Stewart explains being jiggered

Jackie Stewart comments on how racing driving often made him feel 'jiggered'. He also talks about how his dyslexia was ignored but this spurred him on to do well at motor sport.

 
Speech marks
Speech marks

Duration: 01:28

A cartoon with voice over exemplifies correct use of speech marks, with attendant punctuation.

 
The news in Scots
The news in Scots

Duration: 03:07

Newsreader Catriona Shearer compares modern official use of English with the 16th Century when Scots was the main language of Parliament. News reports in English and Scots are compared.

 
Tom Kitchin uses Scots words for food
Tom Kitchin uses Scots words for food

Chef Tom Kitchin talks about Scots words for food and his use of Scots on menus and in his restaurant.

 

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