Orkney Dialect Word o the Week


Apologies for the lack of words – it has been pretty manic of late, with lots of classes to prepare for, snow closures, etc.  Hopefully I can now get back on track with this.

Querulous, discontented, fault-finding

Thos. Edmonston. An Etymological Glossary of the Orkney & Shetland Dialect. Adam & Charles Black, 1866

Year O Orkney Dialect

The Orkney Heritage Society are heading a whole year of promoting the use of Orkney Dialect under the heading of 2010, Year O Orkney Dialect.

As part of this, they are running a poetry competition, open to all, whether they live in Orkney or not. Further details of this can be found on their website under ‘poetry competition‘.

This competition is open to anyone from anywhere, should be 40 lines or less long and must use Orkney dialect words.

There are three age groups; Primary School, Secondary School, Adult and four categories; Home, The Land, The Sea, Humour. It is open from 1st January to 31st March 2010.

To bring dialect to the school library, we are going to be following on from a successful ‘Word of the Week’ display run a few years ago by having a small ‘Orkney Dialect Word of the Week’ display. A word will be posted on the display at the beginning of each week giving pupils and staff a chance to guess at the meaning. The following week a new word will be posted and the definition of the previous week’s word given.

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