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spikk Doric

Scottish Census 2011 - 27th March

Aberdeen and the North East

The Doric of North-East Scotland is one of the liveliest and most distinctive of all the many dialects of Scots. From the Don to the Deveron, you will find people who speak it every day.

Where other forms of Scots have wh-, Doric has f-: -: faar (where), fan (when), fit (what), and with some people fite (white), and fusky (whisky). In Doric people use a sound 'ee' where in other parts of Scotland you will hear 'ae' giving the pronunciations een (ane), neen (nane), teen (taen). Some Doric speakers say meen (moon), seen (soon), gweed (good) where in other parts of Scotland you will hear muin, suin and guid. A Glaswegian will say he's no comin but an Aberdonian says he's nae comin.

You can hear Doric spoken all over the North East. Different accents of Doric are found in Aberdeen, Ellon, Inverurie, Elgin, Huntly, Keith, Aboyne, Braemar, Peterhead (Peterheid), Fraserburgh (The Broch), Buckie, and in the country districts of Buchan, Banffshire, Moray and Aberdeenshire.

Well known Doric speakers include the actress Joyce Falconer and the writer and radio broadcaster Robbie Shepherd. The actors in BBC Scotland's comedy programme, Desperate Fishwives, speak Doric. Doric songs, an annual "Doric Festival" of music and literature, and Doric writing in newspapers, all help to keep it flourishing. You can hear Doric on web sites like youtube and there is a large group for Doric speakers on facebook.

Click on the audio links to hear people speaking Doric.