Dr George McGavin is often out in the fields covered in mud. His passion for creepy crawlies leads him to some unusual places. He explains how some Scots words sum up how he feels after a long day searching for wildlife. Phrases which he can recall, include 'peelie wallie' and being found 'hae'in a guddle'. The eminent zoologist is never happier than when he is 'ha'en a keek' at nature.

This clip is from:
Blethering Scots, 1
First broadcast:
20 June 2011

This clip could lead into discussion of uses of different language in different situations. Concentrating on the natural world, students should come up with alternative names or phrases for organisms. This should include words in Scots, English, dialects and scientific classification (largely in Latin). Students should then talk about how and when they would use the alternate names. What tone or feeling do they suggest. Alternate voice-overs could be written and spoken over wildlife footage and the different mood and feel created discussed.