With over 20,000 entries, The Scots–English English–Scots Dictionary
is a fascinating and useful guide to the language that developed
alongside English in the northern parts of the British Isles.
Scots was the prime means of communication in Scotland from
the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century, and Scots words,
expressions and pronunciation still give a distinctive identity to the
language of today. Scots was integral to the nation’s culture, used
in every way from diplomatic messages and great poetry to the
banter of the marketplace to the farm.
In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Scots has been
triumphantly rediscovered as the language of poetry and song.
Scots contains thousands of words that have enriched Scotland’s
cultural heritage over the centuries and includes such well-known
words as dreich, sassenach, kirk and kittle.