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Scots and childhood

Duration: 03:22

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.

Available since: Fri 23 Nov 2012

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Blethering Scots 1

Celebrating the warmth, wit and grit of the Scots language from 'fankle' to 'stramash'.

First broadcast: 20 Jun 2011

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