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keen Corpus occurrences Central Doric / Northern Orkney Shetland Southern Ulster
Occurences normalised per million words63.5 52.7 62.1 84.2 215.5 54.9 14.7
Number of occurrences16680 33 8 37 5 3
Number of authors75 42 13 4 10 4 2

Occurrences of keen in Corpus

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Curran, Doug Chuckies fir the Cairn, (Luath 2009 ISBN: 978-1906817053) Central - Galloway, poetry
keen tae be rid o the harness, eag on page 25

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Fitt, Matthew Roald Dahl Reekin Rhymes, (Itchy Coo 2018 ISBN: 978-1785301834) Central, weans
Jock wis gleg and Jock wis keen. on page 16

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Hubbard, Tom The Flechitorium, (Grace Note 2017 ISBN: 9781907676932) Central - East Central, poetry
d.' This wi a smile that went keen ti yer banes, ye cuidna tell on page 69

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Burnett, Colin A Working Class State of Mind, (Piermont 2021 ISBN: 978-1914090158) Central - East Coast, prose
ays. "That whisky yae wur sae keen tae doon? Ah droapped an E in on page 81

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Donovan, Anne Matilda In Scots, (Itchy Coo 2019 ISBN: 978-1785302350) Central, weans
'Ah'm richt keen on Charles Dickens,' Matilda on page 75
dnae ken. Mibbe yous ur baith keen readers.' on page 90

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McHardy, Stuart The Wey Forrit, (Luath 2017 ISBN: 978-1912147014) Central, prose
lish pairties wha are aye sae keen tae doff their caps tae their on page 45
that tae get on (an we're aw keen tae see oor bairns get on) ye on page 65
ernational pouer they are mad keen on is Saudi Arabia, hame tae on page 114
inessmen arenae commonly ower keen on losin siller jist fer ithe on page 139
s naethin. Europe kens we are keen tae bide, an their politician on page 140

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McHardy, Stuart Speakin o Dundee: Tales Tellt Aroun the Toun, (Luath 2010 ISBN: 978-1-906817-25-1) Central - Dundee, prose
made money in ither weys were keen tae invest in the whalin tho on page 32
near awbodie on the rigs wis keen on tobaccie, an mebbe a few i on page 49
generous handfu but they were keen on their grub forbye. Gin ye on page 55
liticians an the rich are sae keen tae trumpet yet. There had be on page 83
McHood! Nou Davie wisnae ower keen on bein seen as a hero but he on page 84
Also on pages 85, 100, 125
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Percy, Ely Duck Feet, (Monstrous Regiment 2021 ISBN: 978-1916117921) Central - Renfrew, prose
different gears, Ma ma wisnae keen on her gettin it though. It w on page 40
Ah wisnae that keen on Trendy Tribe. Ah thought t on page 53
c. Ah suddenly didnae feel sa keen tae visit, although ah wisnae on page 59
ishes school; ahve never been keen on her though ~ nothin tae da on page 169

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Fitt, Matthew Chairlie and the Chocolate Works, (Itchy Coo 2016 ISBN: 978-1-78530-083-7) Central, prose
e staund there arguin! I'm as keen as you are tae find that tick on page 42
heer herts. They'll growe sae keen on page 160

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Wilson, Rab Accent O the Mind, (Luath 2006 ISBN: 978-1905222322) Central - New Cumnock, poetry
The favours she wis keen tae lend, Proved Currie's fau on page 47
In the teeth o a keen Sou'wester gale on page 98
type? Then we'll say he's aye keen. on page 118
akkin nae notice; 'You're gey keen tae be aff!' he says on page 123
An thon keen prejudice whilk kennled Burns on page 129

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Rennie, Susan Kat an Doug on Planet Perjink, (Itchy Coo 2002 ISBN: 978-1902927565) Central, weans
said Kat, tho she wisna awfie keen. on page 3

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Robertson, James The Sleekit Mr Tod, (Itchy Coo 2008 ISBN: 978-1845021986) Central, weans
keen on smeekit ham, are ye no yer on page 55

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Clark, Thomas The Boggin Beginnin, (Itchy Coo 2021 ISBN: 978-1785303524) Central, weans
ome young fowk that are richt keen on books," she said. "But fir on page 39

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Grae, Emma Be guid tae yer Mammy, (Unbound Digital 2021 ISBN: 978-1789651171) Central, prose
ce. The lassies willnae be so keen oan playin mammies wi their d on page xv
it fur me. As much as ah'm no keen oan havin an audience, ah kno on page 90
s spared - even if ah wasnae keen oan the ootside. There's a ma on page 112

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Morton, Elaine Hamethocts, (Evertype 2010 ISBN: 978-1782012399) Central, poetry
he naked wuid the wind souchs keen, on page 33

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Waddell, John Lallans 58 - Three Waddins and Fowr Funerals - a monologue, (Lallans Magazine 2001) Central, prose
cy him ava, bit ma mither wis keen on't. "Jist think o it like t on page 59

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Milne, W. S. Lallans 78 - Mary, Queen o Scotland, Pairt I, (Lallans Magazine 2011) Central, script
Policie? Keen restraint? Mind? on page 35

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Begg, James A. Lallans 68 - 1841 – The Plouman, (Lallans Magazine 2006) Central, prose
"Whoa, big man! Ye're ower keen, an I'm wabbit!... Ye've earn on page 17

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Scott, Hamish Eemis Stane 1 - Fields o Stanes, (Eemis Stane 2022) Central, prose
at his graff. Aiblins he wis keen o reddin thon fields o stane on page 21

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Beckett, Mavis Duncan Lallans 59 - Auntie Aggie, (Lallans Magazine 2001) Central, prose
Oh A wisna keen on gaun tae see Auntie Aggie. on page 118

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Watt, George T. Lallans 73 - Wir we that young!, (Lallans Magazine 2008) Central, poetry
moos keen, an thi glint o thi ee on page 48

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Matheson, Ann Lallans 73 - reviews, (Lallans Magazine 2008) Central, prose
! He seems tae hae been geyan keen oan Scots as weill, wi the nu on page 127

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Watt, George T. Lallans 74 - Distempered, (Lallans 2009) Central, poetry
while roon his heid a keen snell wund,
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Neill, Josie Chuckies fir the Cairn, (Luath 2009) Central - Galloway, poetry
hed et her wit; respeckit her keen mense,
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Clark, Thomas Wha's Like Us?, (Bella Caledonia 2017) Central - Bellshill, blog
rou the roof. Croatia, no too keen on the prospect o a holiday h
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Clark, Sara Your Leid, Oor Leid, Awbody's Leid, (Bella Caledonia 2018) Central, blog
w aboot pretendin tae be deid keen on the hings ma pairtner luve
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Macdonald, Amy Evelynn and Peter, (Scots Hoose 2020) Central - Ayr, prose
takes Evelynn’s arm and is keen tae show us aboot. As we go r
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Heather, Alistair Bravehert: The truth anent William Wallace (pairt 1), (Mak Forrit 2018) Central - Angus, blog
nt. Sae mebbe they warnae sae keen on him for personal reasons.
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Thoumire, Elizabeth Kintrae livin, (Mak Forrit 2019) Central - Edinburgh, blog
wumman at hert an wisnae ower keen on haein the waffs o the ferm
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Thoumire, Elizabeth Bairns ootside, (Mak Forrit 2018) Central - Edinburgh, blog
airns dinnae seem tae be ower keen tae play outside ony mair. I
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Thoumire, Elizabeth Deid huddies an the Moray Eel, (Bella Caledonia 2018) Central - Edinburgh, blog
onservative MPs noo seem owre keen tae vote agin it whan it cams
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Hodgart, John Scots Language Act: Oor weans hae richt tae see mither tung respectit, (The National 2021) Central - North Ayrshire, newspaper
rclay McBain a young reporter keen tae print ma piece. Maist o t
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Bennett, Peter The Guru an Zander, (ABCTales.com 2021) Central - Glasgow, prose
m. Ah imagine he’s only too keen tae help bend them intae nume
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Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 176, (self-published 2008) Central - Musselburgh, newspaper
in language an they war baith keen tae highlicht thon on thair b
's Sikh click's Mum, that's a keen maimber o the local Scrabble
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McKillop, Roger Challengin' Times, (McStorytellers.com 2015) Central - Edinburgh, poetry
sterted a trend whaur bein’ keen an’ nice is COOL!
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Hodgart, John A Catalogue o Sair Neglect, (Bella Calledonia 2016) Central - North Ayrshire, blog
onferences for teachers, mony keen tae mak up for a deficit in t
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Capener, Jack This laund wis wrocht for you an me, (Mak Forrit 2021) Central - Edinburgh, blog
fitin fae clearance aften sae keen tae reverse the process that
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Kurtoglu, Wulf Braken Fences, (Caroline Macafee 2011 ISBN: B006JE3UQW) Central, prose
her hair, bit they were that keen tae be helpfu that she allooe
e inns. Bill’s new pals wis keen for tae spen thair earnins on
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Young, Clive Creative Scotland an the sowl o Scots, (The Sair Fecht 2016) Central, blog
Education Scotland) is richt keen on yaisin a adjectival phrase
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Widmann, Thomas The State o Denmark, (The Sair Fecht 2015) Central, blog
xplains hoo the DFP isna awfu keen on enterin govrenment – the
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McClurg, Fernando Thon Survation poll..., (The Sair Fecht 2014) Central, blog
im. Nivvertheless Murphy, the keen jogger, leuks like he micht b
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Eunson, Catherine This Winter, (The Scores 2020) Central, poetry
ahint the ither lug, he’s keen
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Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 86, (self-published 2001) Central, newspaper
rty an cross Scotland, that's keen uphauders o the tradeetional
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Wallace, Lorna A Scot’s Lament fur her American Fellows (Oan their election of a tangerine gabshite walloper)., (lornalouwriting.wordpress.com 2016) Central - Ayrshire, poetry
Trump looked keen ti hide.
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Wallace, Lorna An Ode Tae Tinder, (lornalouwriting.wordpress.com 2020) Central - Ayrshire, poetry
Noo wait until she kens yir keen;
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Facebook link (Changed Times Historical Novel By Ethyl Smith 2022) Central
impressed wi young Renwick an keen tae huv him as a meenister. A
s is a dirty game an they wur keen tae be on the richt side when

Burnett, Colin Death Becomes Him - Part 3, (ABCTales.com 2022) Central, prose
like us, likes. Tae a man, as keen as we are tae wash ourselves
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@Chazzbat tweeted
The Tories ur awfy keen tae kill vulnerable citizens.(2020) search twitter

@pmcm1355 tweeted
? oan yer profile if ye'r sae keen oan it... let the world see t (2022) twitter link

@annieones tweeted
sae k'nit....as ma mum wis a keen k'nitter .... ayewis thought (2021) twitter link

@LairnScots tweeted
an if ye're awfy keen tae find oot exactly why this (2021) twitter link
yscot . @EducationScot hae a 'Keen tae ken yer kin' project fir (2020) twitter link

@kennethbryce184 tweeted
tae gyms dinnae seem tae b 2 keen on me the noo lol (2020) twitter link


Leslie, Deborah Doric - Alive an Kickin, (Argo Publishing 2004 ISBN: 978-0954615314) Doric - Inverurie, prose
"Ah ken ye'v nivver bin aa at keen oan Roddie," said Isobel. "Bi on page 29
ifie, wi a razir-sharp wit an keen broon een. She's honest, proo on page 65
ither vyce. "He wis nivver at keen oan stannin is han fin he wis on page 75

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Leslie, Deborah Doric - Hale an Hairty, (Argo Publishing 2011 ISBN: 978-0954615345) Doric - Inverurie, prose
ike runs, Jimmy, bit ye warna keen on braes. Ye eesed te girn fi on page 21
e?" speert Elspeth. "Ah'm nae keen on ony kinna beasties - espe on page 27
ed Elspeth. "An Ah'm jist nae keen on on page 31
ak sure gat Michelle's really keen on me an nae jist ma siller." on page 49

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Uri, Antonia Bidin awa: City Breaks, (Scots Language Centre 2015) Doric - Aberdeen, newspaper
ae Geneva. Them fa are really keen tae ken mair can actually gan on page 6

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Benzie, Lesley Fessen Reared, (Seahorse 2020 ISBN: 978-1916214538) Doric, poetry
she wis keen tae offer them aa up on page 33

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Leslie, Deborah Doric: Alive an Kickin 2, (Argo Publishing 2006 ISBN: 978-0954615321) Doric - Inverurie, prose
ac leukit like a Collie wi is keen face an bricht een, appairent on page 17
ly foo the neebours ir nae se keen oan comin roon here. They cud on page 23

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McClure, Derrick J. Throwe the Keekin-Gless an Fit Ailice Funn There, (Evertype 2021 ISBN: 978-1782012559) Doric, prose
Ailice wes unco keen tae mak hersel eesefu, an sen on page 17
wes comin fae. "Gin ye're aat keen tae hae a baar made, fit wye on page 39
strings?" Deedledum obsairt. "keen o aat thingies maan be pitten on page 60

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Pacitti, Stephen Lallans 75 - The Petrol Tanker, (Lallans 2009) Doric, prose
Bit she didna seem affa keen tae spik, for aa she seemed p
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Smith, Alex A Sair Fecht, (self-published 2003) Doric, prose
Noo o is day i'm neen ower keen.
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Smith, Alex A Fer Chauve, (self-published 2005) Doric, prose
lies aboot tae melt it's nae keen.
Tae coont the shades i'm fer keen.
or the day on the day I'm nae keen.
ed the pot plants seemed affa keen tae pit plants in the
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Blackhall, Sheena Minnie, (Scots Language Centre 2004) Doric, prose
is oxter. 'Or he widna be sae keen tae shepherd aa ither bodies'
a bairn...they michtna be sae keen tae let Jock ower their porch
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Blackhall, Sheena The Quarry, (Lochlands 2007) Doric, prose
feel's harns. An he'll nae be keen tae hae surgery. Mynd, his Au
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Dunnett, Nathan The Auld Asylum, (Scots Hoose 2020) Doric - Forres, prose
fter a but the ither twa were keen tae keep gaun.
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Murdoch, Steve Schrödinger’s Leid?, (Bella Caledonia 2016) Doric - St Andrews, blog
s she’d teen fae teachers keen tae unlearn the wee quine her
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The Flying Pigs The ‘Naked Cleaners’ idea is appalling. It’s sexist, demeaning, and at £80 an hour, steep, (Press and Journal 2018) Doric, newspaper
So I wis keen tae hear aboot my pal Big Son
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@cligeey tweeted
@lenathehyena Nae keen on gan ti the states(2020) search twitter
k beadle for a while as well ,keen fishermen as well(2020) search twitter

@glenlivetloon tweeted
@Maxwellsnp Keen to hear thoughts on my latest(2013) search twitter
t aboot ma latest blog?? Awfa keen tae get abdy spikking. http:/(2013) search twitter

@Manuforti1968 tweeted
ricPhrases @FaeFoggie Wiz aht keen, I nivver postit e' picter. F(2019) search twitter
try it oot. He seems tae been keen noo'adays.(2020) search twitter


Parkins, Hazel Seven Year O Yule Days, (H and M Parkins 2002 ISBN: 978-0954363505) Orkney, poetry
ttish danceen I wis desperate keen tae go. on page 3
up bit sheu didna soond aafal keen. on page 58
ae bath-time, he seemed quite keen tae view. on page 60
Ah'm been a keen fisherman aal o me life. (Hid on page 71

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Giles, Harry Josephine Deep Wheel Orcadia: A Novel, (Picador 2021 ISBN: 978-1529066609) Orkney, poetry
Pre-Stellar Eart," says sheu, keen as tae cut - thir gled o the on page 42
t yin noo. An sheu wis nivver keen on portraiture, but this morn on page 93

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Grieve, Ingrid Gousters, Glims and Veerie-orums, (Orkney Voices 2021 ISBN: 9780956661661) Orkney, poetry
Whit am no so keen on on page 65

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Bruce, Lorraine Gousters, Glims and Veerie-orums, (Orkney Voices 2021 ISBN: 9780956661661) Orkney, poetry
ek's winner and shae lucks is keen is mustard. Shae's luckan gae on page 86

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Johnson, Laureen Alice's Adventirs in Wonderlaand, (Evertype 2012 ISBN: 978-1782010081) Shetland - Voe, prose
Foo can you? I dö want ta keen!" on page 50

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Greig, Charles A Shetland Bible, (Saint Andrew Press 2009 ISBN: 978-0715209158) Shetland - Lerwick, prose
dem dat ir keen ta set aff tae da Holy Place. on page 37

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Fraser, Barbara Aye Someane Deid, Aye Someane Boarn, (Shetland Times 2021 ISBN: 978-1910997437) Shetland, prose
ftir dat we aye spak. I didna keen muckle aboot her apairt fae h on page 42

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Sutherland, Hazel Biggin Da Dess, (Shetland For Wirds 2004) Shetland, prose
. Shut da grinnd ahint you. I keen, I keen, don't let da sheep o
, I keen, don't let da sheep oot. Past
innd ta da lower toon. Yes, I keen, shut da grinnd. Keep da shee
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Williamson, Christie Slainte Bard, (damagnifyingless.wordpress.com 2014) Shetland, poetry
an say dey keen
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Williamson, Christie Submissions, an keepin on, (damagnifyingless.wordpress.com 2012) Shetland, blog
start. Bit hit’s aisier ta keen you sood as it is ta actually
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Ratter, Peter Da Perishin Nort, (Young Shetland Writer 2010) Shetland, prose
rted tae oag aroond. He didna keen whar exactly he was headin, b
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Isbister, Sonny Caves aroond Shetland, (Young Shetland Writer 2010) Shetland, prose
ey were faert an really didna keen whaar dey were.
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Williamson, Christie Da Problem o dese Paerts, (Scots Language Centre 2022) Shetland, prose
bön awar o at's med me say 'keen whit? Da thing I want ta makk
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@Julie_Dennison tweeted
@KirsteenMullay Keen, it's minging! (2017) twitter link
e says to me an i say 'haha i keen' but i did not keen as dis sh (2017) twitter link
Right we all keen dat phones keen whit wir spikkan aboot da who (2020) twitter link
You keen yir gittin old when da only e (2020) twitter link
Keen how excited da bairn on da Ch (2020) twitter link
and 2 other occurrences.

@tattooedselkie tweeted
tir yun tweet. Hiyi, fine tae keen you aa. Please feel free tae (2021) search twitter
eekerSqeeker It's no, I dinna keen whar it is ?? I hoop I might (2021) search twitter
@JennyLConstable I keen the feeling, or tae be able t(2021) search twitter
Keen dis, hit really is fine tae b(2021) search twitter
me dennir brak tae let you aa keen at me granny got her vaccine (2021) search twitter
and 6 other occurrences.

@helenmoncrieff tweeted
lly creep and crawl aroond da Keen o Hamar and you may still fin(2017) search twitter
r time :-) From a distance da Keen of Hamar looks lifeless. A cl(2014) search twitter
@SalMcW :D I am a keen petrel sniffer too :) There a(2016) search twitter


Halfpenny, Cameron Ahlice's Adveenturs in Wunderlaant, (Evertype 2015 ISBN: 978-1782010876) Southern - Borders, prose
ner masel," said th King deid keen, an hei whizzed off. on page 84

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Purves, David Jade Lute, (SCOTS Corpus 2003) Southern - Selkirk, poetry
an ma bairns is aye keen ti serr.
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Rodger, Matt The Borth’ick Waitter, (SCOTS Corpus 2003) Southern - Roxburgh, prose
hir roond. Ay, Geordie wis ae keen dancer, an weel A mynd on ‘
ctor up Borth’ick. Watt wis keen on
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@MartyMacMurtrie tweeted
ersuade me tae join ‘em. Nae keen & me being deaf and pointless (2021) twitter link


Dornan, Stephen Tha Jaa Banes, (Ulster-Scots Academy 2020 ISBN: 978-1-9163758-1-9) Ulster - Comber, poetry
They screich, an they keen, an they gulder on page 9
Awa fae folk's keen keekin een, on page 15

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@the_gellick tweeted
an' blaw, sae clearly an' sae keen? A spirit's voice it seem'd o (2019) twitter link

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