‘Slang’ on the telly

‘Dreich’, ‘Drookit’ and ‘Smirr’ set for an airing on TV weather forecasts?

WE are the nation which has more words for rain than the Eskimos have for snow. From a yillen to a lashin, from a murr to a haar, Scots know how to describe every possible way to get drookit. Now, at long last, the Met Office has decided to tell us just how wet we will be in wur ain leid.

“Britain’s forecaster has formally announced that it will use what it rather controversially calls “regional slang” in its broadcasts”. Mentions the 2015 study from the University of Glasgow that found Scots had eight more words for rain and snow than Inuit (‘Eskimo’) languages.

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