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Scottish Accents

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Much is made of the Scottish accent. Probably one of the most well-known aspects of our country, it’s also probably one of the most misunderstood. Often characterised as rough and impenetrable, the truth of the matter is that it varies so much around the country that there’s not really such a thing as a standard “Scottish accent” (that said, we do love Groundskeeper Willie’s). In fact, it’s only when you visit you realise the rich distinctions in different regional dialects (and the fun you can have trying to copy them!). It’s hard to get this across though, which is why I love this song by Andy Stewart.

Andy was a singer and comedian popular in the 50’s and 60’s and is, of course, best known for his international hit “Donald Where’s Your Troosers?”. But Andy was more than just a one-hit wonder and amongst others, also recorded the wonderful The Rumour, which takes us on a tour of Scotland and the huge differences in accent that exist here. So if you want to know your Doric from your Dundonian, have a listen.

So there you have it! Now come and visit and experience for yourself. In the meantime, let us know your favourite Scottish accent in the comments!

Andy Stewart – The Rumour – YouTube via The Dudes of Hazzard.


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