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About English (Scotland)

Standard Scottish English is by far the most widely spoken and understood of Scotland's three main languages, the others being Scots and Scottish Gaelic. Possibly because of this, it tends to be the default language in formal situations in the country. It shares the vast majority of its vocabulary with British English but the words are pronounced differently. Its pronunciation borrows heavily from the Scots language.

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Fun facts — English (Scottish)

  • The language adds an 'ie' ending to nouns to express smallness such as 'laddie' and 'lassie' for a young boy and young girl and 'shoppie' for a small shop.
  • Scottish English words include 'wee' for small, 'bonnie' for pretty, 'bairn' for child and 'kirk' for church.
  • 'Many a mickle makes a muckle' relates to the English idiom ‘look after the pennies and the pounds look after themselves’.

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