Episode 12 Blethering Scots


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Episode 12

Stuart Cosgrove takes a humorous look at Scots insults and feels the language is a powerful linguistic tool - especially in comedy.


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# Booking tactics

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# Getting out the fact sheets

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# Love them statistics

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# Blink...and you'll miss it. #

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As a broadcaster and football pundit,

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Stuart Cosgrove has a very wide-ranging Scots vocabulary.

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Working on the radio show Off The Ball, I think, in lots of ways

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allows the Scots language to be spoken publicly in the mass media.

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And of course, Scottish football itself is actually populated

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over the years with Scots language.

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So a really, really poor centre-half is a tumshie. A turnip.

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Of course, many Scottish teams take their nicknames from Scots language.

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An obvious one would be Arbroath,

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the Red Lichties from the red light off the coast of Arbroath.

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And the Doonhamers, Queen of the South,

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the Bully Wee. There's all sorts of different club nicknames,

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but by far and away my favourites is actually Wick Academy

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in the north-east of Scotland.

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And Wick Academy's nickname is the Scorries.

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And Scorries, as I understand it, in the north-east of Scotland,

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is the word that they would use linguistically for a seagull.

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Scorries. It's just a great word.

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It almost has that sense of gutturalness about it

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that all great Scots words should have.

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My granny used to have this phrase, "Monie a mickle maks a muckle."

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Now, that's a real classic, that one. It's about saving up, isn't it?

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"Monie a mickle maks a muckle, son."

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If you keep wee bits of money and you keep them all together,

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it'll grow into big money and you'll become rich.

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The bankers should be telt, monie a mickle maks a muckle.

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In the 1950s when Stuart was at school,

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talking Scots wasnae the done thing.

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As a kid growing up, I was aware that

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I actually spoke two languages,

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one in the playground and one in the classroom.

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Scots language had actually been something

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that had almost been criminalised within the culture.

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It was something that you could speak to your friends about or in,

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or maybe an older relative, like a granny or whatever,

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and you could do it in the playground,

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but as soon as you went into the classroom,

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it was almost beaten out of you

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and you had to speak what would be RP proper English, as it were.

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Thankfully, these days, attitudes towards speaking Scots are very different.

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The time is ripe in Scottish society now for us to reclaim,

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rediscover and fall back in love again with our own language.

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Now, it's really important,

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I think, in a modern global society that you understand English,

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because it's one of the great global languages, but if you're a Scot

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and you feel Scottish and you want to speak in the Scots language,

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it's an amazingly proud language with centuries of history.

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The important thing is, rediscover it from the playground,

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don't whisper it, be proud of the words, say the words because they're our words

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and you've every right to speak your language.

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