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Use in varieties of Scots

Dialect map - Usage over time
ach Corpus occurrences Lallans / Central Doric / Northern Orkney Shetland Southern Ulster
Occurences normalised per million words82.7 68.6 81.9 111.3 0 112.9 202.4
Number of occurrences14769 31 6 0 10 31
Number of authors53 30 10 4 3 7

Occurrences of ach in Corpus

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Robertson, James Black Cuddy, (Scottish Book Trust 2019) Lallans, prose
tched frae the tap o a stane. Ach, ye'll no dee o it, hen. And on page 4

1 matches

Rennie, Susan The Wee Prince, (Edition Lintenfass 2017 ISBN: 978-3946190592) Lallans, prose
'Ach, wee lad, wee lad! I luve tae on page 86

1 matches

Fitt, Matthew Roald Dahl Reekin Rhymes, (Itchy Coo 2018 ISBN: 978-1785301834) Lallans, weans
The Prince replied, 'Ach, shut yer gub!' on page 11
'Ach weel, it'll no maitter soon, on page 40

2 matches

McHardy, Stuart The Wey Forrit, (Luath 2017 ISBN: 978-1912147014) Lallans, prose
eet-theatre type acteevities. Ach, some fowk will get pit aff b on page 51

1 matches

Waddell, John Lallans 59 - Eve and the Aipple, (Lallans Magazine 2001) Lallans, newspaper
the warst o it wis the Laird. Ach, He wis a rale bully. It wis, on page 89

2 matches

McHardy, Stuart Speakin o Dundee: Tales Tellt Aroun the Toun, (Luath 2010 ISBN: 978-1-906817-25-1) Lallans - Dundee, prose
r the aulder lads tellt him, 'Ach ie'll be the makkin o ye, Dav on page 38
'Ach weel then,' replied Davie wi on page 54
'Ach, A jist had a notion for a pl on page 60
'Ach ye'll be fine wee man. In fac on page 65
he wis thirstier nor ivver. 'Ach she'll hae run intae Martin, on page 78
Also on pages 87
8 matches

McPartlin, John Lallans 81 - Fower Australian Poems, (Lallans Magazine 2012) Lallans - Dollar, poetry
Ach, the wisdom o ither fowk! on page 18

1 matches

Clark, Thomas Diary o a Wimpy Wean, (Itchy Coo 2018 ISBN: 978-1785302145) Lallans, weans
Ach, weel. It's mebbe jist as wee on page 16

1 matches

Wilson, Rab Accent O the Mind, (Luath 2006 ISBN: 978-1905222322) Lallans - New Cumnock, poetry
The experts agree - Ach! Gie's peace! on page 93
Ach, we shouldnae lauch aboot it on page 104
s faither wull shout 'Bowly'. Ach, ah'm bein on page 118
Ach, Fate wull aye conspire tae m on page 139

4 matches

Travers, Martin A Nappie Lassie Blethers tae a Fritter, (Scots Language Centre 2021) Lallans, script
Iona. Ach - A'v lat hit gae cauld! on page 4

1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 167, (self-published 2007) Lallans, newspaper
"Ach no man! Will ye shut up?" A s
hou numb ma fingers wis. But ach! For Scotland, it wis weel wo
2 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 178, (self-published 2008) Lallans, newspaper
"Ach!" said Tam. "A've been haein
1 matches

Clark, Thomas A Scots Pairlament?, (Bella Caledonia 2016) Lallans - Bellshill, blog
Hmm. Ach weel, ye say tae yersel. Yon'
1 matches

Heather, Alistair Lat the auld witch burn, (Mak Forrit 2017) Lallans - Angus, blog
ak his maist famous wirds: “Ach, she’s lived lang eneuch, t
1 matches

Donovan, Anne Buddha Da - Chapter 1 Anne Marie, (Canongate 2009 ISBN: 978-1847673459) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
me the meditation room, and, ach, it wis the atmosphere, hen.
y sure masel whit's happenin, ach…'
2 matches

Vettese, Raymond Lallans 59 - Raymond Vettese : nineteen poems, (Lallans Magazine 2004) Lallans - Montrose, poetry
Ach, whit’s gane whiles gars me
1 matches

Connor, Charles P. Lallans 59 - The Queen’s Shull’n, (Lallans Magazine 2004) Lallans - Fife, prose
Ach ye cannae flyte the Inglish f
1 matches

McKillop, Roger The Appin Murderer, (McStorytellers.com 2016) Lallans - Edinburgh, prose
Ach, A suppose ye hae a richt tae
Ach, James, here we are, doon at
2 matches

Muir, Glenn The Truth Will Out, (McStorytellers.com 2015) Lallans - Linlithgow, prose
g wi her mither that done it, ach weel, the aipple disnae fa fa
1 matches

McKillop, Roger The Staff, (McStorytellers.com 2015) Lallans - Edinburgh, prose
udent, unchasten, replied, “Ach Scott, it's the guys at the b
He said it last night!” “Ach jist intuition!” A can only
your mind work?” A said, “Ach Scott, A hud them composed af
3 matches

McKillop, Roger Educational (Mis)Communication, (McStorytellers.com 2015) Lallans - Edinburgh, prose
hen A can!” “Roger?” “Ach, whae’s ‘Rogerin’ me no
e pool’s been closed.” “Ach, why’s that?” “Weeeel,
d like it,” she opined. “Ach it’s aw’ right, jist try
3 matches

McKillop, Roger Wee Roge Boobs, (McStorytellers.com 2015) Lallans - Edinburgh, prose
rmer student yince pit it, “Ach, you get paid fir playin’!
1 matches

Shoor Caan, Angus Afore we hud ri telly, (McStorytellers.com 2013) Lallans - Saltcoats, prose
Ach,” 'e says, “a cannae affo
1 matches

McKenzie, Roddy Cataracts, (northwordsnow.co.uk 2018) Lallans - Dundee, prose
t pussay and blame YI fur it. Ach, sumtimes it jist gits tae yi
1 matches

Kurtoglu, Wulf Braken Fences, (Caroline Macafee 2011 ISBN: B006JE3UQW) Lallans, prose
Ach, Ram, thocht the Pandit, an p
u’ed recognition o ilk yin. Ach, bit the Dug-people cud rin,
u’ed recognition o ilk yin. Ach, bit the Dug-people cud rin,
3 matches

@jack_capener tweeted
hDex @wgsaraband @james170969 Ach ye're jist nocht bit a tuim h(2019) search twitter

@iainnicol tweeted
@Agedgoth62 Ach, that’s a shame. Hope ye’re(2020) search twitter
rlane You had to get over an 'ach, dinna be ridiculous' hurdle!(2020) search twitter
Ach weel. Guess A’m no gaein tae(2020) search twitter

@MartinBroon tweeted
at to do with the left overs, Ach! Just pack it oot some more. (2020) search twitter
1990 . Apart from that, eh! , Ach! It wuz a wee drink Ma Maw us(2020) search twitter
@ClydeFC Ach! Cumoan tae @ElginCityFC , do(2019) search twitter
Ach!(2020) search twitter

@mcfarlane_irene tweeted
@IshbelMcF Ach, ye just dinnae hae the stami(2018) search twitter
@sarasheridan Ach, it's weil deservit, quine!(2019) search twitter
@standupfarmer Ach, fair braw, man!(2019) search twitter

@SusiBriggs1 tweeted
@RuthieRedArt @CurlyTaleBooks Ach well, its the first yin.... :(2019) search twitter

@Angela1Sinclair tweeted
linda8h @Jab64000 Ah no doll. Ach, am gonny hae anither gless o(2020) search twitter

@billykayscot tweeted
Ach, weel. Gin ye hae tae traivel(2020) search twitter

@DABArbuckle tweeted
it noo. Back tae the whisky. Ach weel(2020) search twitter
atthew82069336 @CrowSaorAlba1 Ach weel, thats yaishly how it aw(2020) search twitter
nk the relationship survives. Ach weel(2020) search twitter

@MizLiot tweeted
@patch_oulii Ach weel, if it’s that stupid ta (2021) twitter link

@ThonJacobite tweeted
a bus". Neebur responds wae: "Ach weel . . looks arenae everyth (2021) twitter link
@do_mck Ach weel, if ye cannae dae a body(2020) search twitter
ies or shirts left she said: "Ach, ye micht as weel shut yer sh(2020) search twitter

@StuartPoet tweeted
@MarkThompStuff Ach, cheers min, appreciate sae m (2020) twitter link
@AngelaGraham8 Ach youse are still catchin up! (2020) twitter link


Leslie, Deborah Doric - Alive an Kickin, (Argo Publishing 2004 ISBN: 978-0954615314) Doric - Inverurie, prose
"Ach, Ah'm fine, Ah'm fine," he'll on page 7
ints." He gied a 'tit? an an 'ach'. on page 9
"Ach, jist firget it!" Jock steed on page 22

3 matches

Goodall, Phyllis J. Lallans 59 - Last May a Braw Wooer, (Lallans Magazine 2001) Doric, newspaper
Ach, chyach, she hid a nicht's re on page 94

1 matches

Leslie, Deborah Doric - Hale an Hairty, (Argo Publishing 2011 ISBN: 978-0954615345) Doric - Inverurie, prose
nearly sae keen on the idea. Ach...Ah s'pose Ah wis jist swept on page 49
xpeck a wee bittie o support? Ach, te hell wi the baith o ye! A on page 72
"Ach! Aat's aa ahin ma noo. Ah've on page 73
her wye roon?" Ruth grinned. "Ach, she's better aff on her ain on page 75
"Ach, tak nae heed o aat - aat's on page 86
Also on pages 88, 91
7 matches

Hay, Gordon M. The Doric New Testament, (Gordon M Hay 2012 ISBN: 978-0957351516) Doric - Banff, prose
't." An Jesus says till him, "Ach ye're an unbelievin an ill-ga on page 96
on een, it says till itsel, "Ach, A think A'll haud awa back h on page 100

2 matches

Blackhall, Sheena Jessie the Jumbo And other Bairn Tales in Scots, (Smashwords 2014) Doric - Aberdeen, weans
Ach, he’s fearty,” the ithers
1 matches

@Doric_Bananaman tweeted
@chaz50_duncan Ach, it dis a mannie weel tae hae(2020) search twitter
@AberdeenCC @realDonaldTrump ach, yer mibbes right, a cloot ta(2016) search twitter
I'm a' that inconspikuos wi'. Ach, aright, ma names Ken, ken?(2015) search twitter
ton or more than likely Pooh? Ach, I'm Spikkin shite?(2015) search twitter

@DoricPhrases tweeted
Ach, the Sheriff sentenced me tae(2017) search twitter

@FaeFoggie tweeted
t than i can chew wi iss een. Ach weel. Nihin better ti di a su(2019) search twitter
Ach(2020) search twitter

@cligeey tweeted
@oilypaws Ach all wait min(2020) search twitter
Ach it's weet am gan ti read aboo(2020) search twitter
@JulieMcNeil66 Ach be fine(2020) search twitter
@d_anderson878 Ach nithing a docken winna cure(2020) search twitter
@ionafyfe Ach it wis like that every day in(2020) search twitter
and 3 other occurrences.

@fittiecrooners tweeted
ak her sponge cake the night! Ach well, back on wee the sheen &(2016) search twitter

@glenlivetloon tweeted
istoric_Ally @lokiscottishrap Ach, Twitter is hoaching wi fanni(2020) search twitter


Parkin, Hazel Seven Year O Yule Days, (H and M Parkins 2002 ISBN: 978-0954363505) Orkney, poetry
I think wir lost the knack. Ach, weel, - hid's nearan home t on page 65

1 matches

Hall, Simon W. The Boy That Lived - Chapter Wan, (Brisk Northerly 2015) Orkney, prose
yur the only een You-Ken – ach, aal right, Voldemort – wis
1 matches

@HJosephineGiles tweeted
@shaetlan_rose Ach, thee wirds is that kind, A'm(2020) search twitter
@wobblybee ach (2021) twitter link

@peediepuss tweeted
@helenmoncrieff Ach no. I'm aafo sorry tae hear y (2020) twitter link
@alastairmci Ach min, I'm sorry. (2021) twitter link


Wilson, Rab Chuckies fir the Cairn, (Luath 2009 ISBN: 978-1906817053) Southern - Dumfries, poetry
Ach weel, mebbe naw... on page 184

2 matches

McDonald, Hamish The Girnin Gates - Chapter 3, (Itchy Coo 2003) Southern, prose
"Ach shut yer stupit pus Scobie! W
1 matches

@MartyMacMurtrie tweeted
@FlikeNoir Ach, git ye! Different body clock(2020) search twitter
esh cold air oan tae ma face! Ach nice! Wink ?? https://t.co/gw(2020) search twitter
@scotmacscotbot @TwisterFilm Ach jings! Pass me a bucket!! ???(2020) search twitter
@BendorisRobert Ach aye? Cannae read between the (2020) search twitter
Ach, Ma guidness. a luv yer comme(2020) search twitter
and 2 other occurrences.


Robinson, Philip Oul Licht, (Ullans Press 2017 ISBN: 978-1905281305) Ulster - Larne, poetry
Tha wean? Ach, he'll be fine. on page 42

1 matches

Warwick, Matthew Fergie an Freens oan tha fairm, (Ulster-Scots Community Network 2011) Ulster - Rural Mid-Antrim, weans
n cowps him intil tha sheugh! Ach naw! Jock's up tae his oxters on page 7
"Ach, catch a houl o yersels an qu on page 11

2 matches

Dornan, Stephen Tha Jaa Banes, (Ulster-Scots Academy 2020 ISBN: 978-1-9163758-1-9) Ulster - Comber, poetry
Ach, by Japers! Och-na-nee! on page 40
Ach by Japers! Och na nee! on page 41
Ach MacCassey? MacArsey! on page 52
Ach, ding doon tha dykes on page 59

9 matches

Ulster-Scots Language Society Tha Fower Gospels, (Ullans Press 2016 ISBN: 978-1-905281-25-1) Ulster, prose
Pilate heerd thïs, he axt: "Ach, daes he cum frae Galilee the on page 109

1 matches

McDonald, Fiona Frae Cowie's Cragg, (Ulster-Scots Academy Press 2021 ISBN: B0949GXX7K) Ulster, poetry
'Ach Billie Rab!" quo Frank wi gle on page 4
Wullie gien her a luk. "Ach, gie ower, Maggie", he said, on page 15
"Ach, you an yer gallusesP ses Mag on page 16
"Ach, yer a quare geg, Hughie, "sa on page 19
yearlins in tha showin ring, ach shair tha niver stan. on page 21

6 matches

Cartmill, Claire Three score years an ten, (Ballymoney and Moyle Times 2014) Ulster, newspaper
o tha young yins wid cope ye, ach aff coorse thauts naw them aa
1 matches

Dornan, Stephen Ding Doon tha Mairch Dikes, (Modern Poetry Translation 2019) Ulster - Comber, poetry
Ach, ding doon tha dikes
1 matches

@the_gellick tweeted
n21 @hinesjumpedup @BraidenHT Ach Willie wud ye gie owre - he' (2016) twitter link
@Regulus44540488 Ach, they'll no let yer coo near (2016) twitter link
Ach weel- we #UlsterScots hae tho (2014) twitter link
@vernonfox Ach, thon was a quare carnaptious (2014) twitter link
Ach, the #BookerLonglist the day (2014) twitter link
and 5 other occurrences.

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