A Corpus of 21st Century Scots Texts

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about Corpus occurrences Authors Lallans / Central Doric / Northern Orkney Shetland Southern Ulster
Occurences normalised per million words219.9 76 287.5 141 288.7 134.3 140.4 61.4
Number of occurrences333250 48 8 6 12 9
Number of authors39 18 3 5 5 6

Occurrences of about in Corpus

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Douglas, David Chuckies fir the Cairn, (Luath 2009 ISBN: 978-1906817053) Southern - Galloway, poetry
he knew a thing or more about survival, on page 51

5 matches

Burnett, Colin A Working Class State of Mind, (Piermont 2021 ISBN: 978-1914090158) Lallans - East Coast, prose
ousand pounds to write a play about why his last one was so bad." on page 50
ere telling me something good about him. He needs locking up!" on page 71
mented. "We are still talking about the dog, right?" he whispers. on page 161

3 matches

Leslie, Deborah Doric - Alive an Kickin, (Argo Publishing 2004 ISBN: 978-0954615314) Doric - Inverurie, prose
nything else you're concerned about?" on page 8
Just heard the terrible news about Alec. on page 25
"Well, what about the sun beds?" speered the re on page 80
"An what about face masks and cleanser, mois on page 83

6 matches

Percy, Ely Duck Feet, (Monstrous Regiment 2021 ISBN: 978-1916117921) Lallans - Renfrew, prose
n she said, Yir dad's thinkin about takin swimmin lessons. Ah cou on page 15
's jotter an he was passin it about the class an on page 18
Noo before yi start whingein about no huvin aw the right gear, m on page 42
me, Is it true what ah heard about you an Christopher Rice. Ah s on page 74
fae the Badminton Club. Tal, about a happy coincidence, said Har on page 96
Also on pages 134, 146, 154
8 matches

Logan, Liam Thon Ulster Scots Book, (Galdanagh 2014 ISBN: 978-0992881405) Ulster - Dunloy, prose
ld say that they know as much about football as my erse knows abo on page 33

1 matches

Leslie, Deborah Doric - Hale an Hairty, (Argo Publishing 2011 ISBN: 978-0954615345) Doric - Inverurie, prose
y. "I've never really thought about it." on page 64
"Maybe you're right about my favourite colour," said Mi on page 65
ft me and everyone's speaking about it...laughing at me...saying on page 76

3 matches

Wilson, Rab Accent O the Mind, (Luath 2006 ISBN: 978-1905222322) Lallans - New Cumnock, poetry
A short cautionary tale about the dangers of glorious exces on page 23
There's nuthin fir young yins about here nou, on page 71
'd seeven or eicht Pits round about here, on page 76
Ah grew richt scunnert round about that time, on page 83
Wifie's spoutin oan about 'Waashin socks', on page 133
Also on pages 146, 151
7 matches

Robertson, James Naebody'd Seen Him, (Scottish Book Trust 2018) Lallans, prose
ones he needs to know about. There'll be phone-calls,
Lately he has been wondering about that word
and what it means. He thinks about what
3 matches

BardOfMilebush To A Merican Food, (Reddit 2017) Ulster, poetry
in the 'hood The worst thing about Englewood's The things ye ca'
Ye rave about yer 'biscuits', Why- they're
2 matches

Fleemin, Sandy Deid Come Nevermas, (sandyfleming.org 2003) Lallans, prose
woman came in with a laddie about five year old. The bairn was
ike a dug." And that’s just about as much as onybody could say
2 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 108, (self-published 2002) Lallans, newspaper
lin on their cheeks, an in an about their een, - as lang's they
keep lookin at you, and round about the table, attendin to or joi
2 matches

Calderwood, Lynsey Mumbo Jumbo, (Litro magazine 2006) Lallans, prose
s jotter an he was passin it about the class an everyone was lau
1 matches

Percy, Ely Duck Feet, (Monstrous Regiment 2020) Lallans, prose
she said, Yir dad’s thinkin about takin swimmin lessons. Ah cou
1 matches

Bolland, John A Chocolate Cowboy, (From Glasgow To Saturn 2008) Lallans, prose
fox intae the night ( Ah know about the night noo.)
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS nummer 109, (self-published 2002) Lallans, newspaper
e that's the wey awbody talks about a particular toapic, say, fit
blather is rattlin wur harns about hou best tae sair the leid an
2 matches

Neill, Josie Chuckies fir the Cairn, (Luath 2009) Southern - Galloway, poetry
Dinnae birl about sae cantily, nor lauch sae re
1 matches

Forde, Iain W D Taid o that Ilk (excerpt), (Fons Scotiae 2009) Lallans, prose
i sei whitlik the stushie wes about.
th daein as semplie plowterin about i boits. Semplie plowterin,
d in a dwam; ‘plowterin – about – in – boits – plowteri
n – boits – plowterin – about – in – boits; plowterin
“ – about i boits – ir wi boits,” t
7 matches

Smith, Alex A Fer Chauve, (self-published 2005) Doric, prose
e been keeping my usual notes about the wither. Some people
1 matches

Forde, Iain W D Hale Ir Sindries - Buik Twa, (Fons Scotiae 2000) Lallans, prose
weir. Grannie fashed hirsell about the egs in a poke ben hir sch
r, an tho A sein’m sklimmin about on gabbards, reparein ruifs o
ioun wes ti be a limnar. Roun about
o our demissioun tels ye mich about Rab Broun an
wi a vyow o a wie loch aw set about wi rosidandrums.
59 matches

Laurenson, Hannah Lisa Da Maa's Eggs, (Hands Up For Trad 2019) Shetland, prose
her nails in a dwam. Tinking about her mam wha dus aathing for b
1 matches

Manson, John Chuckies fir the Cairn, (Luath 2009 ISBN: 978-1906817053) Southern - Dumfries, poetry
The houses ir round about and the shops ir near at haun
About semantics’
2 matches

Clark, Sara Your Leid, Oor Leid, Awbody's Leid, (Bella Caledonia 2018) Lallans, blog
… "What are you complaining about now, son?" became "Ye've a pu
1 matches

McHardy, Stuart The Wey Forrit, (Luath 2017) Lallans, prose
o whit the Tory Pairty is aw about the longin fer times past wha
. Fer that is the ither thing about the Vigil: it survived on the
2 matches

Ritchie, John Fishin in the Findhorn, (Scots Hoose 2020) Doric - Forres, prose
e before so a can wind him up about it a told ma dide to take it
1 matches

Martin, Keiron Ma Worst Nicht Oot, (Scots Hoose 2020) Doric - Forres, prose
rither and hid a wee catch-up about the fitba. Ma aul-man went af
1 matches

Holton, Brian An Owresetter’s Tale, (Bella Caledonia 2015) Lallans - Galashiels, blog
ducatit in French frae he wis about echt or nine year auld, an wi
1 matches

Murdoch, Steve Schrödinger’s Leid?, (Bella Caledonia 2016) Doric - St Andrews, blog
ashed the ae wey or the ither about Scots afore this, but he spie
1 matches

Hall, Simon W. No the Six o Clock News, (Bella Caledonia 2016) Orkney, blog
oquy Ee, Elsie, you’re just about ready for the knacker’s yar
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 149, (self-published 2006) Lallans, newspaper
"A healthy man doesn't think about his bones." Aiblins Scots isn
1 matches

Bennett, Peter The Guru an Zander, (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
e full routine. ‘I was just about to meditate there. Forgot you
stereo. ‘Stevo! Whit ye all about man? Ah just aboot shat masel
2 matches

Bennett, Peter McShane's Reprieve, (ABCTales.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
ae the motor. ‘Steve, sorry about that. Got caught up there, y
1 matches

Bennett, Peter Park trife, (ABCTales.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
wean see whit’s happenin an about turn, fuckin off back the wai
1 matches

Grae, Emma Dancin wi the Rhona, (unbound.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
m in his bad clothes and tied about fifty pounds of pig iron abou
fifty pounds of pig iron about his feet and fetched him up o
file and see what was written about your psychological condition
hat order for toilet seats is about to come through.”
flu, and you might have heard about this thing that’s going aro
5 matches

Giles, Harry Josephine WHIT TAE WRITE NOU?, (https://harryjosephine.com/ 2015) Orkney, blog
is bannid, at we shadno write about them ony more. Thir necessar
memory an reclamation; writan about haem brings a pride in haem a
rengthen the language; writan about language howks intae yir awar
Thir wis plenty o wirk about language, bit hid wisno aa ab
time. Thir wis plenty o wirk about haem, bit hid wis as much abo
5 matches

Strachan, Shane Standing Stone, (northwordsnow.co.uk 2016) Doric, prose
r says. ‘I’m just worried about my colleagues.’ His express
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 115, (self-published 2003) Lallans - Musselburgh, newspaper
e night. Keep Thy arm o power about him, an O, I wish Ye wad endo
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 117, (self-published 2003) Lallans - Musselburgh, newspaper
w this guffawing and gabbling about, now when the sun is at the s
this gate? Teehee-hee-heeing about the lads, an about courting f
the lads, an about courting favours, an kissing
3 matches

Donovan, Anne Buddha Da - Chapter 1 Anne Marie, (Canongate 2009 ISBN: 978-1847673459) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
'OK, Jimmy. What about this - could this be it?'
1 matches

Muir, Glenn The Truth Will Out, (McStorytellers.com 2015) Lallans - Linlithgow, prose
I sensed that I was about tae be subjected tae yin o Gu
1 matches

Geraghty, Martin 378, (TheCommonBreath.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
Da. A wish you’d gies peace about the doos.’
wed up at seven rattlin’ on about doos.’
2 matches

Hutchison, Pat The Seven Coins o Kineddart, (McStorytellers.com 2016) Doric - Banffshire, prose
essie didna worry ower muckle about the half day as she wiz only
d you tell me the story again about what happened in the cellar?
2 matches

Scots Language Center Crackin aboot politics, (Scots Language Centre 2020) Lallans, blog
: “Ye maun haud your tongue about taxes till ance ye quat texin
1 matches

Widmann, Thomas The State o Denmark, (The Sair Fecht 2015) Lallans, blog
Denmark haes stairtit speakin about the Reid bloc (U, SFP, SD, SL
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 102, (self-published 2002) Lallans, newspaper
be stationary, and generally about twal it begins slawly to retr
ly to retrograwd; sae that at about twenty—and at age, if you p
2 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 105, (self-published 2002) Lallans, newspaper
essive number of inaccuracies about the Scots language.
n knows little and cares less about the language, which is his lo
2 matches

Blackhall, Sheena Drumneachie Ferm, (Scottish Poetry Library 2019) Doric, poetry
About this poem
1 matches

Occurrences on Scots Twitter

@Doric_Bananaman tweeted in Doric

@DoricPhrases tweeted in Doric
I've written book about Doric spiking Aberdonian army(2015)
Free Gordon Highlander Story about Doric spiking Aberdonian army(2016)
ic Gift is my new short story about Aberdonian army nurse Read op(2016)
Video clip of me spiking about my novel The Grey Lady Ghost (2017)
schal’s wife who was worried about Deer Abbey being demolished b(2018)
and 1 other matches.

@FaeFoggie tweeted in Doric

@Seperatist_No1 tweeted in Lallans
t's not true for me, she lied about something to try and enhance (2020)
t them and I'm not 100% happy about things but it is far better t(2020)
innae fking think so, nothing about you is a failure janey ?? you(2020)
ix it.... This things deid in about an hour.(2020)
if needed dinnae be stubborn about it and phone nhs ??(2020)
and 4 other matches.

@officialAliRed tweeted in Southern
ently putting together a book about the semi-juniors for the leag(2020)
art this evening to see a man about a certain centenary book. ???(2019)

@Angelinekking tweeted in Ulster

@OrangRuth tweeted in Ulster
Thon Sarah Palin knows nathin about publicity(2016)

@cligeey tweeted in Doric
@zsstevens All about him nae his constituents(2020)
ame in the kirk yard not sure about ties yet though(2020)
te @youngwd1 I wisna speaking about Glasgow(2020)

@_DawnLeslie tweeted in Doric

@Franwella tweeted in Doric

@fittiecrooners tweeted in Doric
nutes tae think fit he wis on about! Cheeky git ????#fittiebar(2017)
oaning fer the next twa wicks about the cost so need tae justify (2017)
Fittie Bar! Fit Friday’s are about is it nae? ????(2018)
on nuisance seagulls flapping about the bar fer scraps probably g(2018)
ame! Aye, fit ye find running about the streets end up in yer pan(2019)
and 1 other matches.

@glenlivetloon tweeted in Doric
riBlack Unreal what folks say about women in politics. Some comme(2019)
one. Spends her days ranting about the FM. Christ I've hardly ti(2020)
rdeenshire. My Mum also spoke about something being as 'hard as H(2020)

@Manuforti1968 tweeted in Doric
@FaeFoggie If yer fussy about hair awye onythin crossed wi (2020)
that! Been hummin' an haein' about getting a collated screwdrive(2019)
e That's the last time I moan about the Gold bus fae Aiberdeen ta(2020)
air important stuff tae worry about than aht dick.(2020)

@alistairdunn tweeted in Lallans
having the nerve tae complain about a player that played four min(2014)

@DavidJWood2 tweeted in Lallans
ort. Another thing tae admire about yir auld man ??(2020)
way myself ??. Still average about 40hrs a week tho ??(2020)
ood ! I went tae bed thinking about your wee girl, and gave Maisi(2020)
nnae wait tae tell Louise all about Mark when she gets hame.(2020)
mline too, but I dinnae go on about it ! There fae Aberdeen ??(2020)
and 3 other matches.

@_Erinboyle_ tweeted in Lallans

@gordimhor1 tweeted in Lallans

@jack_capener tweeted in Lallans
whisky talking, but something about hearing @ionafyfe pronounce w(2018)

@jax6754 tweeted in Lallans
@JeffBrazier A can talk about my "family seperation" Jeff. (2017)

@MartyMacMurtrie tweeted in Lallans

@fourmenterian tweeted in Lallans

@IshbelMcF tweeted in Lallans

@mcfarlane_irene tweeted in Lallans

@rosa_alba_macd tweeted in Lallans
@ionafyfe I feel so angry about all this (an forbye i the fac(2020)
ach I sometimes feel that way about Fluffy, Murdo, Annie, Wee Wil(2020)
ne quine. I have been worried about you w new lockdown looming(2020)
n fast an has a luik o wisdom about him there(2020)

@SusiBriggs1 tweeted in Lallans

@peediepuss tweeted in Orkney
son Aye, and he wisno talking about hingin oot claes!(2020)

@billykayscot tweeted in Lallans
e Swiss weans asked questions about the instruments & Scots cultu(2020)
Hearing about the latest Tory power grabs, (2020)
eanDayofLanguages by learning about your own. My series is availa(2020)

@fairpechtoot tweeted in Lallans
Only bampots will girn about BBC’s poetic delight | Kevin(2017)
878 Actually sleverin thinkin about that yin, Diane ??(2020)

@JamieFairbairn1 tweeted in Lallans

@johnstone_shane tweeted in Lallans

@LairnScots tweeted in Lallans
ma wee video an hae a blether about teachin Scots! #Scots https:/(2019)
ae Banff Academy tellin us aw about the SQA Scots Language Award (2019)
re tae hae a blether wi abody about teachin Scots! #Scots #Scotse(2019)

@HazelTindall tweeted in Shetland

@helenmoncrieff tweeted in Shetland

@shaetlan_rose tweeted in Shetland

@projecthawick tweeted in Southern

@MarkThompStuff tweeted in Ulster
olach95 Och A dinnae ken ocht about ocht that isnae fae roon here(2020)

@JamesAmcvean tweeted in Doric

@kennethbryce184 tweeted in Lallans
lsonauthor thats whit its awe about - b oan ma son lol (2021) twitter link
h - but some of the comments about them were not and embarrassin (2021) twitter link
os sum up what the rose r all about - great to c - a club to b (2021) twitter link
lable - wae the talent going about in the grassroots game - a c (2021) twitter link
ye a did cos a forgot the bit about the support i showed this rad (2020) twitter link
and 57 other matches.

@StuartPoet tweeted in Lallans
e let rip a big yin! But also about money and the minute you hand(2020)
re's a new poem in #ScotsLeid about how most of my days now go #c(2020)
irts. Time too that folk knew about early 20thC Policeman Poet fr(2020)
ng hour writing the only poem about sheep safety in @scotslanguag(2020)
sing without thinking a thing about. My uncle bred budgies and th(2020)
and 5 other matches.

@RedValkyrie84 tweeted in Shetland

@TheFarrierPhil tweeted in Ulster

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