A popular and informative guide to the Scots language in colour in the best-selling Gem format. Contains words and phrases from both literary and everyday language, this is the perfect wee dictionary of Scots for native and non-native speakers alike.
This guide to Scots is a perfect buy for anyone who is intrigued by the expressive Scots language. Besides explaining the meaning of Scottish words and phrases, it also contains features about aspects of Scottish culture from the bagpipes to William Wallace.
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This authoritative, entertaining, and eminently browsable reference book, arranged in an easily accessible A-to-Z format, is an absorbing and imaginative feast of Scottish lore, language, history, and culture, from the mythical origins of the Scots in Scythia to the contemporary Scotland of the Holyrood parliament and Trainspotting. Here Tartan Tories rub shoulders with Torry girls, the Misery from the Manse exchanges a nod with Stalin’s Granny, Thomas the Rhymer and the Wizard of Reay walk hand in hand with Bible John. The result is a breathtaking, quirky celebration of Scotland and a rollercoaster ride round Caledonia, from Furry Boots City to the Costa Clyde, via the Cold Shoulder of Scotland, the West Lothian Alps, and the Reykjavik of the South.
The essential guide to modern spoken and written Scots is now available in the durable flexibound format of the Collins Gem reference range.
Author: Chris Robinson
Publisher: Black & White Publishing
Scotland is a country brimful of beasties, and for every bird, animal and insect that you see as you travel through towns, farmland, mountains, glens, rivers, lochs and sea, the Scots language will provide a Scots word. In Scottish Wildlife, Chris Robinson of Scottish Language Dictionaries will introduce you to Big Beasties, Wee Beasties, Creepy-Crawlies and our Feathered Friends and will inform and entertain as she explains how they got their names, where to find them and how to recognise them. So welcome to the world of the coos, yowes, horney gollachs, blethering Tams and many, many more.
The Essential Scots Dictionary (Scots-English/English-Scots) is designed to encourage the use of Scots in schools and to provide support in the classroom. It is also a useful compact reference book for anyone seeking information on Scots. This two-way 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; and a brief history of the Scots language.
Adjectives have long suffered from bad press. For many years, English teachers have been fond of telling students that "adjectives are the enemy of nouns, and adverbs are the enemy of everything else." While it's still advisable to heed your English teacher's advice on most other matters, The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate proves that breaking certain rules can make written and spoken language that much livelier, adding much-needed color, style, and adornment. With this addition to the popular Highly Selective series, the "golden" adjective, at last, gets the star treatment it deserves. From adventitious to zaftig, renowned lexicographer Eugene Ehrlich has collected more than 850 of the most interesting and engaging adjectives in the English language and has provided concise definitions and instructive usage examples. Whether you're a writer, a speaker, or a word buff, this compendious, trenchant, laudable, and all-around fantabulous volume will help you put panache back into your prose.
This new edition is an indispensable guide to the English language. Part of the Collins Gem range âe" the world's best-selling mini dictionaries âe" it provides dictionary definitions and thesaurus synonyms on the same page for incomparable quick and easy reference. This book provides the most up-to-date words, clear definitions and accessible same-page dictionary and thesaurus texts âe" all in the handy and portable Gem format. In addition to the wide range of definitions and synonyms, it has a handy and practical supplement on punctuation and spelling rules. With its clear colour layout and matching dictionary and thesaurus entries on the same page, you can be confident to find all the latest words you need âe" and fast!
Collins Gem English Dictionary, in colour, is the world's best-selling small dictionary. This new edition, in colour, is fully up-to-date, including the most popular new words to enter the English language. The 16th editions of the Gem English Dictionary is the ideal portable companion for all. The handy little dictionary gives you practical, applied knowledge in your pocket. It contains clear definitions for all the words you need on a daily basis and provides tips on spelling, and help with difficult pronunciations. The clear colour layout makes the content easily accessible and suitable for immediate use. Includes a brand new supplement tackling problems of style and etiquette in everything from letters to emails to social media sites.
The first decade of the new Scottish Parliament has seen the emergence of a new-found national confidence. 'Scottishness' is clearly alive and flourishing. This book offers new and detailed insights into Scottish language and its usage by the Scottish press. To what extent does the use of identifiably Scottish lexical features help them to maintain their distinctive Scottish identity and appeal to their readership? Which Scottish words and phrases do the papers use and where, is it a symbolic gesture, do they all behave in the same way, and has this changed since devolution?Combining analysis of broad trends with detailed discussion of individual Scottish words and phrases, its timely publication coincides with a period when interest in things Scottish is at an all time high.
Collins Easy Learning English Vocabulary is designed to help learners of all ages build their vocabulary. This easy-to-use, topic-based book is an invaluable resource for students and teachers, and is ideal for use in the classroom and for home study.
Author: Jennifer Bann
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
This book analyses the development of Modern Scots orthography and compares the spelling used in key works of literature, showing how canonical writers of poetry and fiction in Scots have blended convention and innovation in presenting Scots.