Say it in Scots - A New Series from Scottish Language Dictionaries
In Scottish Place Names, Maggie Scott takes you around the country from Dumfries to Shetland to explain the meanings of the place names that make up today's Scotland. Scottish Place Names is a fascinating, entertaining and informative guide to the Scots language and to Scotland—it is a thoroughly researched book by a highly respected place-name scholar.
Scottish Weather, by Chris Robinson and Eileen Finlayson, celebrates the varied climate of Scotland and helps you know whether to expect skalva, a smirr or a gandaguster. So, when you encounter a rorie bummler, Banff bailies, horse guts or pouthered lawyers, you won’t be taken by surprise.
Whether the Scots character is influenced by the beauty and hardship of the countryside, by work, culture, folklore or the many incomers who have found a welcome here over the centuries, one major influence is the Scots language. How we describe ourselves is part of who we are. In Wha’s Like Us?, Chris Robinson draws on The Dictionary of the Scots Language to provide many insights into how we see ourselves and how others see us.
Scottish Wildlife by Chris Robinson brings together unusual facts, bizarre beliefs, amusing rhymes and descriptive local names for birds, beasts, sea creatures and creepy-crawlies. Again the wealth of quotations in the Dictionary of the Scots Language provides informative, charming and evocative examples of wildlife words.
Although these books are light-hearted and mainly aimed at the tourist and gift market, they are full of information and have all the scholarship of Scotland’s great historical dictionaries behind them.
- Scottish Place Names - - Paperback
Maggie Scott takes the reader around the country from Dumfries to Shetland to explain the meanings of the places that make up today's Scotland.
- Scottish Weather - - Paperback
In 'Scottish Weather', you will find out the meanings of smirr, dreich, moor and other Scots words for rain, snow, wind, sun, the forecast, the seasons and weather lore in this informative and entertaining pocket guide.
- Scottish Wildlife - - Paperback
In 'Scottish Wildlife', Chris Robinson introduces you to big beasties, wee beasties, creepy crawlies and our feathered friends and will inform and entertain as she explains how they got their names, where to find them and how to recognise them.
- Wha's Like Us? - - Paperback
In 'Wha's Like Us?', Chris Robinson gives us an informative and amusing look at how we see ourselves, at our attitude to work, love, money, envy, anger and entertainment and at some of the best Scots words and phrases we use to describe the Scottish psyche.