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Doric Quiz Solutions

Doric Word English
Doric Word English
Bosie Cuddle Greet Cry
Breeks Trousers Loon Boy
Bubblyjock Turkey Loup Jump
Clarty Dirty Lug Ear
Cloot Cloth Neep Turnip
Cowk Retch Oxter Armpit
Cuddy Horse Puggled Tired
Dicht Wipe Puddock Frog
Dookers Swimming costume Quine Girl
Dowp Bum Sark Shirt
Dreich Dull Scrath Cormorant
Dyke Wall Sotter Mess
Fash Trouble Skelp Slap
Fleg Fright Swik Cheat
Foggy Bummer Bumble-bee Tattie Potato
Fooshty Rotten Tourie Hat
Ganzie Jumper Tricket Delighted
Gollach Beetle Wheesht Quiet

Doric Quiz

Doric Word English
Doric Word English
Bosie   Greet  
Breeks   Loon  
Bubblyjock   Loup  
Clarty   Lug  
Cloot   Neep  
Cowk   Oxter  
Cuddy   Puggled  
Dicht   Puddock  
Dookers   Quine  
Dowp   Sark  
Dreich   Scrath  
Dyke   Sotter  
Fash   Skelp  
Fleg   Swik  
Foggy Bummer   Tattie  
Fooshty   Tourie  
Ganzie   Tricket  
Gollach   Wheesht  

Video of the Day

29th June 2019

Tour Scotland wee video of old photographs of the city of Aberdeen, in Aberdeenshire. The traditional industries here were fishing, paper-making, shipbuilding, and textiles Of interest to folks with ancestry, genealogy or Scottish Family Roots in Scotland who may wish to visit one day.

The Story Of Torry 1495 – 1995

The Story Of Torry 1495 – 1995

Wikipedia Entry for Torry

Torry, lying on the south bank of the River Dee, was once a Royal Burgh in its own right, having been erected a burgh of barony in 1495. It was incorporated into Aberdeen in 1891, after the construction of the Victoria Bridge, itself made possible by the 1871 channelling of the River Dee which had previously followed an unstable course to the sea. The channelling also enabled further expansion of the harbour


Video of the Day

8th June 2019

Aberdeen in the 1960s

This is Aberdeen before the arrival of North Sea Oil. People staying around the City will still recognise many of the landmarks.


Cottages in Pilot Square, Footdee

Footdee is an area of Aberdeen, Scotland known locally as “Fittie”. It is an old fishing village at the east end of the harbour. The name is actually folk etymology. Far from being “Foot of the Dee/Fit o the Dee”, it is actually a corruption of a former dedication to a “St Fittick”.
The area has had a settlement as far back as the Medieval times and the first recorded reference to the area of Fittie was in the year 1398. This village was slightly further North than where Footdee is now located.

On an 1828 map, the new housing squares were specifically labelled ‘Fish Town’. ‘Footdee’ referred to the larger area from St. Clement’s Church to ‘Fish Town’. Later, the name ‘Footdee’ was used to refer specifically to the housing squares, with ‘Fish Town’ becoming forgotten.

Wikipedia Entry

Footdee – A hidden gem in Aberdeen

In pictures: The quirky Aberdeen village of Footdee

Tripadvisor Review

Doric – The Dialect of the North-East of Scotland

Part 1

Doric is the Scots dialect spoken in the North-East of Scotland and, as of 2018, has gained the status of the third official language of Scotland, along with English and Scots Gaelic. While you will easily get by with standard English, knowing of a few phrases of the language will be useful if you need to converse, e.g. with the mannie an wifies, an loons an quines a Fittee, i.e. the men and women, and boys and girls of Footdee (an area down by Aberdeen Harbour).

A common characteristic of Doric is changing the sound of “wh” to “f”. So “what” becomes “fit”, “when” becomes “fan” and “who” becomes “fa”.

You can download a copy of the Doric Dictionary which contains a list of some of useful words in Doric with the English translations

Although Doric is no longer as prevalent as it was, it is still a live spoken language. A transcript of a conversation can be found here.