The Essential Scots Dictionary
Originally produced by the Scottish National Dictionary Association and published as the Scots School Dictionary from 1996-2003, this dictionary is ideal for use by students of all ages. It is also a useful compact reference book for anyone seeking information on modern Scots. In the interests of making the language more accessible to those unfamiliar with Scottish vocabulary and idioms, it is a convenient two-way dictionary that provides translations both from Scots into English and from English into Scots.
For example, in the English section we find:
scream v skirl, skraich, skellochand in the Scots section, the corresponding entries:
shriek v skirl, skraich, skelloch
skelloch1 v shriek, scream, cry.
skirl v 1 scream, screech, shriek; cry or sing shrilly. 2 (of bagpipes etc) make a shrill sound. 3 crackle, sputter; (especially in frying) sizzle.
skraich v screech, shriek, scream.
The Essential Scots Dictionary provides:
- Modern Scots, with some literary words likely to be met in stories or poems
- Notes on how to get the most out of your dictionary
- Grammar notes and verb lists
- Spelling guidance
- Help with pronunciation
- A brief history of the Scots language
ISBN 978-0-7486-2201-6 £12.99 (paperback)
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