Essential Scots Dictionary
Originally produced by the Scottish National Dictionary Association and first 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.
“What a great time I had remembering words I hadn’t used for years. If you love words you will treasure this wee book.”
“You’ll be hooked! An excellent reference book…”
For example, in the English section we find:
scream v, n skirl, skraich, skelloch
shriek v, n skirl, skraich, skelloch
and in the Scots section, the corresponding entries:
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
Order from Edinburgh University Press ISBN 978-0-7486-2201-6 (paperback)