Scottish English

Doug Ewell dewell at
Wed Aug 22 06:42:36 CEST 2007

Various replies on this topic, one digest at a time.

Caoimhin O Donnaile <caoimhin at smo dot uhi dot ac dot uk> wrote:

> The most extreme form of Scottish English is the English spoken in 
> Glasgow.  Look up "John Smeaton" on Youtube for good examples of an 
> ordinary everyday Glaswegian who thinks he is speaking ordinary 
> everyday English but who would be difficult for a lot of English 
> speakers to understand. e.g.:

I understood perhaps 20% to 30% of this on first hearing.  I am sure I 
would have done better listening to Spanish.

> "I doubt it will rain" would certainly be understood to mean "I fear 
> it will rain" in Scotland.

Whereas in American English, this would unequivocally mean "I think it 
is unlikely it will rain."

Michael Everson <everson at evertype dot com> wrote:

> Does "Scottish English" include Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and 
> Inverness equally?

No more nor less so than "en-US" includes Brooklyn, Minneapolis, Santa 
Monica, and Biloxi.

Doug Ewell  *  Fullerton, California, USA  *  RFC 4645  *  UTN #14

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