Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Pit oot thy fire til I light mine

A Scottish dialect about to die out - from the Telegraph:
A rare dialect that is only spoken by two elderly brothers is to be recorded for posterity before it disappears.
Bobby Hogg, 87, and his brother Gordon, 80, are believed to be the last fluent speakers of the "Cromarty fisher dialect".
It is said to be the most threatened dialect in Scotland and is to be recorded for an internet-based cultural archive.
It evolved when local fishermen in the town of Cromarty, on the Black Isle north of Inverness, picked up words from English soldiers based in the area in the 17th and 18th centuries.
The fishermen adopted formal words such as thee, thou and thine, but also mispronunciations, substituting "erring" for "herring" and "hears" for "ears".

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