Language professional launches impassioned rant on why Scots language is dying out

A SCOTS language professional has launched an impassioned rant on why the nation’s native language is dying out.

Len Pennie is an engagement officer for the Scots Language Centre, and is a agency believer in protecting the language alive via each day ‘phrase of the day’ movies for her social media followers.

The 23-year-old not too long ago taught followers the Scots phrase ‘bewave’ – that means to cover or conceal one thing – which left one person baffled.

The person requested Len “Are you from Edinburgh? As a result of I’m from Glasgow and I’ve by no means heard that phrase”, which garnered a passionate reply from Len.

In a video response, Len begins: “I get this query not less than as soon as a day, and it’s humorous as a result of it’s all the time a unique place.

“It’s both ‘Are you from Edinburgh? As a result of I’m from Glasgow and I’ve by no means heard of this’ or ‘Are you from Glasgow? As a result of I’m from Edinburgh and I’ve by no means heard this phrase‘.

“‘Are you from Dundee? As a result of I’m from Inverness and I’ve by no means heard this phrase’. ‘Are you from Fife? As a result of I’m from the Borders and I’ve by no means heard this phrase’.

“These guesses are in fact mistaken as a result of because the Lord tells us, I used to be despatched from hell as a linguistic witch to poison the minds of English audio system – I’m simply kidding.

“In all seriousness, what you’re looking at is {a partially} profitable tried eradication.

“I do know you don’t know these phrases, you weren’t meant to know these phrases, these phrases had been meant to be overwhelmed out of the youngsters and by no means spoken of once more.

“You are taking one half punishment, bodily for doing one thing, you’re taking one other half cultural and social shaming for doing one thing and once you bake all of it collectively what you find yourself with is a generational hole in information.

“And after a couple of generations of the phrase your granny used not getting handed on to your mammy and the phrases your mammy used not getting handed on to you and the phrases you used usually are not getting handed onto your weans – you possibly can see why you don’t know a few of these phrases.

“And that’s the way you eradicate a language and these phrases simply get relegated to the previous, by no means to be seen, heard or used once more. Not on my watch!

“Should you see one in every of my movies and also you just like the phrase, be happy to make use of it. Should you don’t just like the phrase, there’s no stress to make use of it.

“What I’m aiming to do with the phrase of the day is to not let you know phrases that you just already know as a result of I did that firstly, what I imply?

“I did all of the phrases and phrases that everyone is aware of, what I’m aiming to do with the Scots phrase of the day is to create a useful resource to study the phrases that you need to have realized.

“The phrases that we should always have used, the phrases that shouldn’t have been overwhelmed out of kids or shamed out of adults.

“These are the phrases that your granny and your mammy and your wean ought to be happy to make use of and to all the time have used.”

Len’s inspiring clip was uploaded to social media on Wednesday with the caption: “You weren’t meant to know these phrases.”

The video has since obtained over 38,000 likes and greater than 760 feedback from emboldened customers.

One person wrote: “In my hoose we use Doric, Scots and English. Acquired to maintain our native tongues (a wee one talking Doric is cute).”

One other stated: “I can by no means recover from the truth that my granda (from Northern Eire) needed to study Latin at school however not Irish.”

A 3rd joked: “Are you certain you’re from Scotland? As a result of I’m from the U.S. and I’ve by no means heard most of those.”

One other replied: “I refuse to be corrected after I communicate Scots as a result of it’s not ‘correct English’ that’s the purpose. I’m not English.”

Talking as we speak Len, who relies in Fife, stated: “Scots has so many types, dialects and other ways of claiming or spelling issues due to an absence of infrastructure and standardisation.

“It’s not a foul factor and it’s to be anticipated from a minoritised language.

“Generally the influences come from different languages, for instance Shetland phrases have Norn influences.

“Different occasions it’ll be as a result of farming and fishing and mining communities will preserve robust hyperlinks to phrases.

“‘Ken’ was once utilized in Glasgow, now folks usually remark ‘We’ve by no means used it right here’.

“However with Scots sadly quite a lot of phrases fall right into a generational hole. Phrases won’t get handed on in some households and inside a couple of generations, the phrase falls away.”

The earliest information of the Scots language dates all the best way again to the 14th Century and it was reported within the 2011 consensus that 1.5 million folks can communicate Scots.

Nonetheless in 2021, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), suggested members to keep away from utilizing Scots because it was seen as ‘non-inclusive’ to these from different UK areas and past.

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