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Use in varieties of Scots

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airm Corpus occurrences Lallans / Central Doric / Northern Orkney Shetland Southern Ulster
Occurences normalised per million words102.4 81.5 118.8 74.2 133.8 158 156.7
Number of occurrences18282 45 4 13 14 24
Number of authors41 21 7 1 3 2 7

Occurrences of airm in Corpus

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Robertson, James Black Cuddy, (Scottish Book Trust 2019) Lallans, prose
andit licht as a gliff on her airm. At first she on page 2
she grat. She skelped at her airm, but the cleg wis awa. That'l on page 3
he cauld watter soothered her airm and wis sweet in her thrapple on page 4
ed him the yellae lump on her airm. on page 5

5 matches

Robertson, James Precious and the Puggies, (Itchy Coo 2011 ISBN: 978-1845023324) Lallans, weans
ies the leet's as lang as yer airm. Precious hadna seen aw o tha on page 4

1 matches

Fitt, Matthew Roald Dahl Reekin Rhymes, (Itchy Coo 2018 ISBN: 978-1785301834) Lallans, weans
held her ticht wi his strang airm. on page 23

1 matches

Hubbard, Tom The Flechitorium, (Grace Note 2017 ISBN: 9781907676932) Lallans - East Central, poetry
ver mind that.' He grabbed my airm as I wis aboot ti mak fir the on page 72
sie, aa crinoline an parasol, airm-in-airm wi a tall, guid-looki on page 73

3 matches

Burnett, Colin A Working Class State of Mind, (Piermont 2021 ISBN: 978-1914090158) Lallans - East Coast, prose
e film, the teacher hus their airm raised fur winnin gold in the on page 22
cunt Mario hus grown a third airm fae somewhere or he's goat a on page 65

2 matches

Donovan, Anne Matilda In Scots, (Itchy Coo 2019 ISBN: 978-1785302350) Lallans, weans
She jist lifted him up by wan airm and papped him richt oot the on page 103
she's dead prood o her richt airm.' on page 104
then, liftin her muscly richt airm, heezed the hapless laddie sk on page 142

4 matches

McHardy, Stuart Speakin o Dundee: Tales Tellt Aroun the Toun, (Luath 2010 ISBN: 978-1-906817-25-1) Lallans - Dundee, prose
said this he took Jock by the airm an steerit him oot intae the on page 35
s Tam, his best freen, wi his airm aroun Veronx, Farquhar, a las on page 68

2 matches

Percy, Ely Duck Feet, (Monstrous Regiment 2021 ISBN: 978-1916117921) Lallans - Renfrew, prose
e wear these big stupit yella airm bands an aw the boys in the c on page 12
tae try daein it withoot the airm bands, Ah said, Ah cannae. Sh on page 14
whole weekend. When ah pit ma airm on his shoulder ah jist aboot on page 26
aboot somehin. She grabbed ma airm an stoatet ower taewards the on page 37
tet shavin the hair under her airm pits an on her kegs even thou on page 94
Also on pages 95, 150, 154
11 matches

Fitt, Matthew Chairlie and the Chocolate Works, (Itchy Coo 2016 ISBN: 978-1-78530-083-7) Lallans, prose
The machine had a mechanical airm that shot oot wi dreidfu forc on page 28
,' Mrs Baffie said, pittin an airm aroond Chairlie's skinnymalin on page 35
od and takkin Chairlie by the airm. 'Lea the laddie alane, will on page 54
o them got a haud o her richt airm, and peened it doon. on page 128
nearly come aff the end o his airm. 'Och, I dae congratulate ye! on page 161

7 matches

Wilson, Rab Accent O the Mind, (Luath 2006 ISBN: 978-1905222322) Lallans - New Cumnock, poetry
Lang as yer airm, on page 37
d at his sleeve, squeezin his airm (it turnt blue!), on page 126

2 matches

Rennie, Susan Kat an Doug on Planet Perjink, (Itchy Coo 2002 ISBN: 978-1902927565) Lallans, weans
holographic sticker on Kat's airm. It said 'THINK PERJINK!'. on page 16

1 matches

Fitt, Matthew Geordie's Mingin Medicine, (Itchy Coo 2007 ISBN: 978-1845021603) Lallans, weans
owled, gruppin Geordie by the airm. 'Bring the medicine! For yea on page 62

1 matches

Horsbroch, Dauvit Scots Warks - Uphaud an guidance for screivars, (Scots Language Centre 2015) Lallans, government
Makk a lang airm on page 35

1 matches

Fleemin, Sandy Economic Theory, (sandyfleming.org 2003) Lallans - East Lothian, prose
He lifted his airm an pynted an A turned tae leu
e collar staunin thare wi his airm oot.
saicont or twa she touches ma airm. Touches ma airm, can ye imag
. Touches ma airm, can ye imagine? A turns aboo
aboot thon wumman touchin ma airm. A dichts ma nose wi ma finge
5 matches

Percy, Ely Duck Feet, (Monstrous Regiment 2020) Lallans, prose
e wear these big stupit yella airm bands an aw the boys in the c
tae try daein it withoot the airm bands. Ah said, Ah cannae. Sh
managed a breadth wi oot the airm bands then ah’d be allowed
e. Aff went the stupit rubber airm bands.
e can float wi oot the rubber airm bands wi me haudin ontae her
5 matches

Forde, Iain W D Hale Ir Sindries - Buik Twa, (Fons Scotiae 2000) Lallans, prose
ern bowts thik as a man’s airm. Thai wes ben Frie Scotland.
wyted. John pit hiz airm roun Mirren, fur thai wes nou
2 matches

Donovan, Anne Not Scotland, (Edinburgh International Book Festival 2010) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
tae the radio, wan airm restin on the rolled-doon win
f the shore, couples strollin airm in airm, cloudless sky and lo
in airm, cloudless sky and lovely mou
3 matches

Clark, Thomas Aw Aboard! The fecht for the Scots language stairts the day!, (Bella Caledonia 2019) Lallans - Bellshill, blog
sibility wad be a shot in the airm for the language that'd mak P
1 matches

McKinlay, Kieran Walk Way to Fame, (Scots Hoose 2020) Lallans - Dunfermline, prose
carryin a clupboard under his airm. He stood in the middle eh th
1 matches

Heather, Alistair Trains approachin?, (Mak Forrit 2017) Lallans - Angus, blog
tit — an a huge shot in the airm o local businesses. The Scott
1 matches

Bennett, Peter Liberties (Part One), (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
e daylight an see McDade, wan airm roon Pearcey, the other aloft
1 matches

Bennett, Peter Clyde Built, (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
n it.’ Tam sais, grabbin ma airm, haudin me back. Ah keek doon
1 matches

Bennett, Peter Sharks, (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
year auld Welder wae a gammy airm. Whit ah’m ah gonnae dae, e
1 matches

Bennett, Peter The Party ay the Year (Part Two), (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
ais, sarcastically puttin his airm roon McDade who’s come back
1 matches

Bennett, Peter The Party ay the Year (Part One), (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
troops?’ he sais, puttin an airm roon me an Scanlon.
er, eh?’ ah sais, puttin ma airm roon him, gien him his card.
2 matches

Bennett, Peter Just Another Minute, (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
bruise oan the inside ay her airm where the drip is inserted un
1 matches

Bennett, Peter Rude Awakenings (Part two of two), (ABCTales.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
s, foldin his paper under his airm an walkin oer tae a clipboard
1 matches

Bennett, Peter Park trife, (ABCTales.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
ade wae the blade, drawin his airm back, ready tae plunge it rig
slappin ma back an puttin his airm roon me as we get tae fuck ta
2 matches

Rennie, Susan The Hoose o Haivers, (Itchy Coo 2002 ISBN: 978-1902927442) Lallans, weans
they stickit in somebody’s airm, or leg, or dowp. Efter a hai
irryin her towards it; or her airm fae raxin doon tae pick it up
2 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 117, (self-published 2003) Lallans - Musselburgh, newspaper
een it rugged at his mither's airm, shoutin, "Ma! See thon. It s
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 176, (self-published 2008) Lallans - Musselburgh, newspaper
'wursels' 'fae' 'the morra' 'airm' 'wasnae' 'photies' 'aye' 'au
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 174, (self-published 2008) Lallans - Musselburgh, newspaper
skite chitters up ma airm.
1 matches

Bennett, Peter Coyle Loyal, (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
ade sais, grabbin them by the airm, ‘Ah’d think twice aboot
1 matches

Shoor Caan, Angus Coont Thum: A hunner an' oad McLimericks, (self-published 2012 ISBN: 978-1480242425) Lallans - Ardrossan, poetry
keg Dinnur hud coste thum an airm an’ a leg An’ they wur wu
aw, a ‘hink 'ur's sum in ma airm-pit Plain Sailin’ It wisnae
2 matches

@Chazzbat tweeted
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4 @simonfromharlow Wan on the airm is a far cry fae a torso fu o(2020) search twitter

@DABArbuckle tweeted
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@kennethbryce184 tweeted
for the burra - adda gave an airm n a leg tae c that game 2 day (2020) twitter link
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Leslie, Deborah Doric - Alive an Kickin, (Argo Publishing 2004 ISBN: 978-0954615314) Doric - Inverurie, prose
. It lay in the meenlicht, ae airm o a purple an green shell sui on page 21
, Jock?" Ina pit a han oan is airm. "Ir ye thinkin aboot Alec?" on page 24
kin set o reed underweer wi's airm afore pyntin te a bonny yalla on page 30
a fite toolie faaled ower ae airm an he didna hae a singil hair on page 35
at excited!" Joyce grippit is airm an pyntit te the aeroplane at on page 41
Also on pages 42, 45, 69, 77, 81, 82, 88
13 matches

Blackhall, Sheena The Doric Gruffalo's Bairn, (Itchy Coo 2016 ISBN: 978-1785300691) Doric - Aberdeen, weans
are like ashets, an ower his airm on page 24

1 matches

Leslie, Deborah Doric - Hale an Hairty, (Argo Publishing 2011 ISBN: 978-0954615345) Doric - Inverurie, prose
, Morrice." Joyce jiggilt his airm. "Wi're here - looks great, on page 7
Joyce, puttin Morrice in the airm as the loon disappeart. on page 9
ht." Joyce pullt on Morrice's airm. "Ye're nae gaun te fooner, a on page 15
dentical. Ye wore een on ilky airm an proodly showed them aff te on page 20
said Gerald, takkin Elspeth's airm, "bit Ah think Ah'll hiv te t on page 33
Also on pages 47, 56, 80, 96
10 matches

Hay, Gordon M. The Doric New Testament, (Gordon M Hay 2012 ISBN: 978-0957351516) Doric - Banff, prose
He's shewed foo stoot is his airm; on page 80

1 matches

Smith, Alex A Sair Fecht, (self-published 2003) Doric, prose
the twa o em, een under each airm.
airm, brobbed be the rose bush. Jo
, but tell Susie it's nae her airm at's
She hooked her airm intae Jonsar Eck's then said.
4 matches

Blackhall, Sheena Minnie, (Scots Language Centre 2004) Doric, prose
e secret wird. She nippit her airm wi her ain sherp nails till s
ks o the gairden. The crookit airm o the rodden wis the soothmai
er heid on his bosie. Ae thin airm creepit oot frae the bedclaes
ely ane, for fit lay wi nit's airm aroion her, an that scrawny a
aroion her, an that scrawny airm still hett, wis bit the morta
5 matches

Blackhall, Sheena The Quarry, (Lochlands 2007) Doric, prose
ryin a meikle gourd aneth her airm.
ds o the poem; sae raxxed his airm aroon her. She beeriet hersel
Fin he'd left, she curled her airm throwe her brither's. "Hurry
tither, he tuik his mither's airm an smiled at her.
4 matches

Bowie, Tyler Stookie, (Scots Hoose 2020) Doric - Forres, prose
ey discovered a hid broken ma airm. Noo am ina bloody cast fae t
f ma fingers tae the tap o ma airm. Ma messages were still lying
n lookit at the stookie on ma airm and windered foo a wis gaen t
3 matches

Hutchison, Pat If I Catch Ye I'll Eat Ye, (McStorytellers.com 2016) Doric - Banffshire, prose
the cover and pulled back the airm o the flint lock and set it a
his shooder and set the flint airm tae full cock. Jist as he pul
2 matches

Blackhall, Sheena Jessie the Jumbo And other Bairn Tales in Scots, (Smashwords 2014) Doric - Aberdeen, weans
raxxed out an airm tae takk them up.
1 matches

Lawrie, Alistair Caw, (northwordsnow.co.uk 2020) Doric - Stonehaven, prose
he big yin stretches back his airm wi that great bastern hatchet
1 matches


Parkin, Hazel Seven Year O Yule Days, (H and M Parkins 2002 ISBN: 978-0954363505) Orkney, poetry
, ah'm prepared tae chance me airm. on page 39
aakened in the morneen wi his airm tight roond his Meg. on page 52
Weel, this must be costan an airm and a leg. on page 80
he pub and stood right at yer airm. on page 83

4 matches


Johnson, Laureen Alice's Adventirs in Wonderlaand, (Evertype 2012 ISBN: 978-1782010081) Shetland - Voe, prose
fornenst da door, an da idder airm curled aroond her head. Still on page 35
"An airm, du eediot. Wha ever saa een on page 37
grett letter fae anunder his airm. Hit wis juist aboot as big a on page 56
shö set her doon in a muckle airm-shair at ee end o da table. on page 68
Keeng laid his haand apon her airm, an said, peerie-wyes, "Tink on page 82
Also on pages 89, 91, 92, 112
10 matches

Johnson, Laureen Saands o Maywick, (Shetland For Wirds 2004) Shetland, prose
e cam oot himsel, an laid his airm aboot me shooders an he says
1 matches

Williamson, Christie Pre nuptial, (damagnifyingless.wordpress.com 2012) Shetland, poetry
On his airm
1 matches

Ratter, Peter Da Perishin Nort, (Young Shetland Writer 2010) Shetland, prose
Da unlivin corpse lifted its airm, an its hand began tae glow
1 matches


Halfpenny, Cameron Ahlice's Adveenturs in Wunderlaant, (Evertype 2015 ISBN: 978-1782010876) Southern - Borders, prose
w aginst th door, an th ither airm curled roond hur heid. Still on page 34
"An airm, ye dafty! Whae e'er saw yin on page 36
d b' producin frae under heis airm a muckle letter, nearly as bi on page 54
, an she sat doon in a muckle airm-chair at yin end o th table. on page 66
Th King laid eis haun oan hur airm, an timidly said "keep th hei on page 80
Also on pages 81, 84, 87, 89, 90, 110
13 matches

@jamie_ginger tweeted
glesses, 88 watches up there airm and their hair braided ti fuc(2020) search twitter


Fenton, James On Slaimish, (Ullans Press 2009 ISBN: 9781905281299) Ulster, poetry
The airm on page 11

2 matches

Robinson, Philip Oul Licht, (Ullans Press 2017 ISBN: 978-1905281305) Ulster - Larne, poetry
Rid han at airm's lenth on page 32

1 matches

Morrison-Smyth, Anne Alice's Carrants in Wunnerlan, (Evertype 2013 ISBN: 978-1-78201-011-1) Ulster - Ballymoney, prose
a agin the dorr, an the ither airm eurlt roon hir heid. Still sh on page 35
"Ugh, sure it's an airm, yer honour!" (Hae pronounce' on page 37
yer honour: but it's still an airm wi aal that." on page 38
gret letter frae baelow haes airm, near enuch es big es himsel, on page 55
he King putt haes haun on hir airm, an said timidly, "Mine, mae on page 81
Also on pages 82, 86, 88, 90, 91, 111
14 matches

Ulster-Scots Language Society Tha Fower Gospels, (Ullans Press 2016 ISBN: 978-1-905281-25-1) Ulster, prose
taks anither blin man bi tha airm, tha baith o thaim wull faa i on page 9
ons. Hoo pooerfu hïs michtie airm ïs, that can skail thaim tha on page 70

2 matches

McDonald, Fiona Frae Cowie's Cragg, (Ulster-Scots Academy Press 2021 ISBN: B0949GXX7K) Ulster, poetry
n haein a bit oa sleep in tha airm-chair, eftér a guid feed. He on page 17

1 matches

King, Angeline Weans o Latharna, (angelineking.com 2021) Ulster - Larne, weans
re coul an it reached oot its airm tae gaird them frae the wild
them frae the wild haaf. The airm is Islandmagee. Thonner, leuk
ing Lir’s weans warm an the airm o Latharna reached oot its ha
3 matches

Spence, Laura Tha Thoarn Tree, (Ullans Magazine 2013) Ulster, prose
— an och! It wus ayont his airm’s lenth. Richtaway, Dan wus
1 matches

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