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act Corpus occurrences Authors Lallans / Central Doric / Northern Orkney Shetland Southern Ulster
Occurences normalised per million words94.5 46 144.9 14.7 72.9 67.1 23.5 34.1
Number of occurrences143126 5 2 3 2 5
Number of authors33 4 2 2 2 3

Occurrences of act in Corpus

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Robertson, James Precious and the Puggies, (Itchy Coo 2011 ISBN: 978-1845023324) Lallans, weans
ng: it wis a sicht harder tae act on thae words. on page 59
be easy tae catch them in the act. Puggies were gey knackie and on page 63

2 matches

Hubbard, Tom The Flechitorium, (Grace Note 2017 ISBN: 9781907676932) Lallans - East Central, poetry
aa my warkin life, has had ti act quick on things that happen i on page 70

1 matches

Burnett, Colin A Working Class State of Mind, (Piermont 2021 ISBN: 978-1914090158) Lallans - East Coast, prose
d in anticipation ae ma final act oan this planet, ah suddenly on page 14
nds up and starts clappin. An act ae kindness which somehow set on page 57
arted tae be recognised as an act ae class treason. on page 91
the beginnin isnae exactly an act ae brutality. It's aw mind ga on page 108
run ae bad luck he tries tae act sympathetic:"Ah'm sorry to he on page 117

5 matches

Bryden, Hugh Chuckies fir the Cairn, (Luath 2009 ISBN: 978-1906817053) Southern - Dumfries, poetry
Noo it's the act that ties us the gither on page 101

1 matches

Donovan, Anne Matilda In Scots, (Itchy Coo 2019 ISBN: 978-1785302350) Lallans, weans
even though ah pit on a star act. The Trunchbull jist on page 102

1 matches

Thomson, Mark Bard fae thi buildin site, (Luath 2007 ISBN: 978-1906307141) Lallans - Dundee, poetry
Dundee's a class act, an em here now ti pit on page 26
an yir swagger is jist an act. on page 46

2 matches

Morrison-Smyth, Anne Alice's Carrants in Wunnerlan, (Evertype 2013 ISBN: 978-1-78201-011-1) Ulster - Ballymoney, prose
unroult itsel, an wus in the act o craalin awa: furby aal this on page 83

1 matches

McHardy, Stuart Speakin o Dundee: Tales Tellt Aroun the Toun, (Luath 2010 ISBN: 978-1-906817-25-1) Lallans - Dundee, prose
this wis che hea bet an they act at at. Aw they had tae eat we on page 42

1 matches

Percy, Ely Duck Feet, (Monstrous Regiment 2021 ISBN: 978-1916117921) Lallans - Renfrew, prose
I MUST ACT MY AGE AND NOT MY SHOE SIZE on page 34
,. bid Barbara Clark actually act lik a decent, normal maw an d on page 82
ence, tryin tae get in on the act. Wully, Tommy an a couple of on page 128
t she still thinks it's aw an act an that Charlene wants us tae on page 147
i mean whit's he like. Dis he act aw pure poofy an that, ah sai on page 158

6 matches

Leslie, Deborah Doric - Hale an Hairty, (Argo Publishing 2011 ISBN: 978-0954615345) Doric - Inverurie, prose
e, finally munagin te get his act thegither an takkin a CD o Do on page 59
lins an jist dinna ken foo te act in sensitive situations." on page 82

2 matches

Clark, Thomas Diary o a Wimpy Wean, (Itchy Coo 2018 ISBN: 978-1785302145) Lallans, weans
GUID TIME TAE ACT IT: on page 39

2 matches

Campbell, Robert Lock Doon Poyams, (Independently 2021 ISBN: 979-8742155812) Ulster, poetry
corner, pairk an act tha loon on page 13
They faered til act ain such a wye, on page 18

2 matches

Wilson, Rab Accent O the Mind, (Luath 2006 ISBN: 978-1905222322) Lallans - New Cumnock, poetry
This act drove aa the tabloids mad; Re on page 46
O the Mental Health Act, on page 37
True, miners didnae act wi perfect grace, on page 69
An act o industrial villainy! on page 84
at a pairty then they act aa shy; when naebody's asked on page 116
Also on pages 118, 127
7 matches

Cumming, John Da Whillie, (Shetland For Wirds 2010) Shetland, prose
ouple a bowes ower da side ta act as fenders an we belld him a
1 matches

Cumming, John Kirsten, (Shetland For Wirds 2006) Shetland, prose
ockets. Lik dey canna tink or act fur demsels. Du'll see dem wa
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 168, (self-published 2007) Lallans, newspaper
his the 300t anniversar o the Act o Union.
1 matches

Gillon, Karen Report on Inquiry intil the role o, (Education, Culture an Sport Comatee 2003) Lallans, government
the English in the Welsh Leid Act) micht be a
darts in Scotland’s Schuils Act 2000, defined as ablow:
ucational Records) (Scotland) Act that will gar aw
Act.
Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000; Belmont Press
5 matches

Calderwood, Lynsey Cantsmell, (From Glasgow To Saturn 2020) Lallans, prose
e Eighteen Sixty-six Sanitary Act. It wis dead borin cos it wis
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 111, (self-published 2003) Lallans, newspaper
1288 Act o the Scots Pairlament.
1397 Act o the Scots Pairlament.
1496 Act o the Scots Pairlament.
1587 Act o the Scots Pairlament.
ingadgment Togither with ane act of the toune counsall........
5 matches

Smith, Alex A Sair Fecht, (self-published 2003) Doric, prose
felt priveliged tae see sic a act o
1 matches

McFarlane, Ishbel Does Scotland compare weil wi ither places fir wee bairnies?, (The National 2019) Doric, newspaper
on fir the frankly ridiculous actívity o labour, but whan A go
1 matches

Hall, Simon W. The Boy That Lived - Chapter Wan, (Brisk Northerly 2015) Orkney, prose
up!’). Mr Dursley tried tae act normal. Eftir Dudley haed bee
1 matches

Gilmour, Rosie Bak Tae Schuil, (Scots Hoose 2015) Lallans, weans
Dinnae be a clipe and dinnae act glaiket
1 matches

Priest, Ena Bonxie Geo, (Young Shetland Writer 2010) Shetland, prose
er an coorser. Mansie hed tae act braaly smart if he wanted tae
1 matches

Clark, Thomas Wha's Like Us?, (Bella Caledonia 2017) Lallans, blog
owp we're naethin like, is an act o pure symbolism. They arenae
1 matches

Dornan, Stephen The Widenin Sheuch, (Bella Caledonia 2018) Lallans, blog
carlie owre an Irish Language Act, an it's doon yet). In the Be
1 matches

Clark, Sara Your Leid, Oor Leid, Awbody's Leid, (Bella Caledonia 2018) Lallans, blog
roond me. Slawly, the English act wis drapt awthegither… "Wha
1 matches

McHardy, Stuart The Wey Forrit, (Luath 2017) Lallans, prose
ots law bi passin the Treason Act o 1709. This statit that onie
ae me, the Scotland Education Act (1872) seys it just fine: The
estminster passit the Treason Act in1708 that said that oniebud
shion in Scottish courts. The Act, passit in 1708, still stauns
cries fer the owerthrow o the Act o Union wisnae somethin the M
9 matches

Lamb, Darcie T in the Park, (Scots Hoose 2020) Lallans - Kirkcaldy, prose
ome oors tae go til the first act came oan, so A spent some tim
The first act wis Alessia Cara. She's a wee
ice is hinnie sweet. The last act wis the Stone Roses, ma favou
3 matches

Forrest, Liam Hittin the Toon, (Scots Hoose 2020) Lallans - Dunfermline, prose
their mid-thirties dress and act like a bunch eh wee boys in t
1 matches

Halfpenny, Cameron Ahlice's Adveenturs in Wunderlaant, (Evertype 2015) Southern - Borders, prose
unrolled itsel, an was in th act o crawlin awa: asides aw this
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 142, (self-published 2005) Lallans, newspaper
still blithe tae act the daft laddie an dae naethi
1 matches

Smith, Jamie William Playfair: faither o data visualisation, (Mak Forrit 2019) Lallans - Edinburgh, blog
r. He remerkit in 1795: ‘To act upon the minds of the people
1 matches

Smith, Jamie Soonds o the kirk an court: early airt muisic in Scotland, (Mak Forrit 2018) Lallans - Edinburgh, blog
passin o the Union wi England Act. The Union brocht wi it socia
1 matches

Heather, Alistair Bravehert: The truth anent William Wallace (pairt 1), (Mak Forrit 2018) Lallans - Angus, blog
allace may weel be a criminal act. ‘A thief namit William Le
in the street. Wi this bluidy act, Wallace annooncit himsel tae
2 matches

Heather, Alistair Lat the auld witch burn, (Mak Forrit 2017) Lallans - Strathnaver, blog
fowk could thole. It wis this act that wad see him up on murder
1 matches

Hodgart, John Scots Language Act: Oor weans hae richt tae see mither tung respectit, (The National 2021) Lallans - North Ayrshire, newspaper
Scots Language Act: Oor weans hae richt tae see
the case for a Scots Language Act.
reland anent a Scots Language Act (tae be supportit by substant
islation for a Scots Language Act, similar tae the Gaelic Langu
milar tae the Gaelic Language Act, wi a Scots Language Board, m
6 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 147, (self-published 2006) Lallans, newspaper
wi nae want o panache. The 5 Act play, first performed there i
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 149, (self-published 2006) Lallans, newspaper
's shamefu Scottish Eductaion Act wis takin a richt sair haud a
lth an Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 that cam intae force on
ety o bairns' illnesses. This Act is the sairest dunt this gove
3 matches

Bennett, Peter Liberties (Part Two), (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
By the time he’s goat his act the gither, the rest ay the t
1 matches

Bennett, Peter Sharks, (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
It wisnae charity or a random act ay bloody kindness, efter he
“Don’t act aw naïve noo Tam,” he sais
2 matches

Bennett, Peter The Party ay the Year (Part Two), (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
d tae say if its a deliberate act ay intimidation or if he’s
1 matches

Grae, Emma Jimmy and his wee darlin Alexa, (unbound.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
hur day, but she could rarely act it. Ah never gied a second th
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 114, (self-published 2003) Lallans - Musselburgh, newspaper
SNP "Will pit oot a Languages Act giein siccar status for the G
fic commitment tae a Language Act but promised insteid tae mak
wad uphaud a Gaelic Language Act, kivverin education, braidcas
3 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 115, (self-published 2003) Lallans - Musselburgh, newspaper
a little spunk and smeddum to act for himsel. For if Ye dinna,
1 matches

Geraghty, Martin The Pusher, (TheCommonBreath.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
ock. Oan a night like this, a act like a nerve-agent. Brain an
1 matches

McKillop, Roger Educational (Mis)Communication, (McStorytellers.com 2015) Lallans - Edinburgh, prose
Wha smirk an’ jibe an’ act the fool.
1 matches

Scots Language Center Crackin aboot politics, (Scots Language Centre 2020) Lallans, blog
the Treaty o Union as the ‘Act o Union’. In actual fact, t
Union’. In actual fact, the Act o Union wis the ane that taen
wsed the Scots pairlament tae act its ain gait. Or lang the Ing
p wis Ingland pittin throu an act anent the kingship, athoot fi
inbrocht corn led til anither act in 1815, ane passt wi a Tory
7 matches

Donati, Colin Universal Declaration o Human Richts, (Scots Language Centre 2004) Lallans, government
ful text. Efter this historic act
y penal faut on accoont o ony act or omission that
rt in ony ploy or perform ony act ettled at the cowping o ony o
3 matches

Horsbroch, Dauvit The Embra Greement, (Scots Language Centre 2012) Lallans, government
en the Scots Pairlament as an act
cil unner Sheed 30 o the 1998 Act anent Scotland
can tae mak an act for haudin a referendum.
t ben the Scots Pairlament an act
The act for tae haud a referendum wil
17 matches

Mackintosh, Henrietta A Tale o Twa Leids: Gaelic, Scots an smoorin wi luve, (The Sair Fecht 2015) Lallans, blog
he Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act. Mair nor that, fowk hae been
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 101, (self-published 2002) Lallans, newspaper
e'en makit a Gaelic Language Act or Secure Status legislation
assed the Scottish Eddication Act o 1872 tae nail doon the coff
2 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 105, (self-published 2002) Lallans, newspaper
er o interest, the Eddication Act (Scotland) 1872 laid doon tha
1 matches

Monahan Brown, Ricky Dùn Èideann, (The Scores 2020) Lallans, prose
ae noise. Feelin the need tae act, Allan got up tae gang fur a
1 matches

Towrie, David Wirkin' the Tang - a dialect tale, (Orkneyjar 2010) Orkney, prose
faith, the pair o' them dudno act the breid o' idledom, ais eve
1 matches

Occurrences on Scots Twitter

@the_gellick tweeted in Ulster
Gie us an "Ulster-Scots Act", or dinnae gie us yin. I'll (2017) twitter link

@Manuforti1968 tweeted in Doric

@ionafyfe tweeted in Lallans
radio! Neist stop - language act!(2020)
campaign for a Scots Language Act tae legally recognise the lan(2020)
islating fir a Scots Language Act. #oorvyce #scots @OorVyce htt(2020)

@MartyMacMurtrie tweeted in Lallans

@iainnicol tweeted in Lallans

@kennethbryce184 tweeted in Lallans
lol mind the laddies a class act likes n big jamesy hud mair f (2020) twitter link
@DucksAberlady aways a class act - good luck lee (2020) twitter link
hem in a c - laddies a class act (2020) twitter link
stan the man - defo a class act wis the big man (2021) twitter link

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