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ask Corpus occurrences Authors Lallans / Central Doric / Northern Orkney Shetland Southern Ulster
Occurences normalised per million words175.7 75 211.6 146.9 108.3 111.9 222.8 34.1
Number of occurrences266184 50 3 5 19 5
Number of authors41 18 3 3 6 5

Occurrences of ask in Corpus

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Curran, Doug Chuckies fir the Cairn, (Luath 2009 ISBN: 978-1906817053) Southern - Galloway, poetry
nae ower much tae ask, it's true on page 22

1 matches

Robertson, James Precious and the Puggies, (Itchy Coo 2011 ISBN: 978-1845023324) Lallans, weans
'I'll ask folk if they saw onythin,' sh on page 43

1 matches

Clark, Thomas Intae the Snaw, (Gatehouse Press 2015 ISBN: 978-0992857370) Lallans, poetry
Cuiriously fremm't. Ah ask ye, whit is that on page 13
Nezahualcoyotl, thay ask me, on page 40

2 matches

Fitt, Matthew Roald Dahl Reekin Rhymes, (Itchy Coo 2018 ISBN: 978-1785301834) Lallans, weans
'C'moan!' she yelloched. 'Ask it then!' on page 26
Noo ask yersel hoo guid ye'd feel on page 29

2 matches

Hubbard, Tom The Flechitorium, (Grace Note 2017 ISBN: 9781907676932) Lallans - East Central, poetry
lid, O a kist ... but few wad ask, on page 13
didna hae a map, In Dunkellie ask onybody directions, at best t on page 70

3 matches

Burnett, Colin A Working Class State of Mind, (Piermont 2021 ISBN: 978-1914090158) Lallans - East Coast, prose
ster Road. What happened, yae ask? Aye, well like a loat ae fol on page 19
"Aye, how kin ah help?" ah ask. on page 29
e. The hing is though yae kin ask any seasoned gambler and they on page 37
steed, ah jist go: "Sorry tae ask. But what exactly dae yae mea on page 49
"We'd now like to ask Callum to step up," he sais. on page 53
Also on pages 60, 65, 82, 96, 102, 106, 107, 112, 117, 127, 132, 133, 134, 140, 141, 144, 146, 162, 163, 166, 169, 170, 171, 173, 174, 175, 179, 180, 181, 183, 187
39 matches

Donovan, Anne Matilda In Scots, (Itchy Coo 2019 ISBN: 978-1785302350) Lallans, weans
s said. 'Ah think ye'd better ask her.' on page 10
wi watchin the telly, may ah ask?' the faither said. His voice on page 22
ae begunk the customer, Never ask fur a big roond figure. Aye s on page 46
"The thing we aw ask aboot Jenny on page 73
o the lesson ye can come and ask me ony questions ye hae and a on page 84
Also on pages 85, 176, 191
9 matches

Leslie, Deborah Doric - Alive an Kickin, (Argo Publishing 2004 ISBN: 978-0954615314) Doric - Inverurie, prose
bliddy space he wintit. Iv ye ask me, ye'r jist feart te bi yer on page 17
perfeck," said Sandy. "Iv ye ask me, he leuks a bittie 'yon wy on page 35
makkin fir doonstairs. "Ah'll ask the Pitsligas an aa - mak a on page 45
ght," she smiled serenely, "I ask my spirit guides for the gift on page 60
e nivver stops spikkin. Iv ye ask me, she's gat a bittie ower m on page 85

5 matches

Thomson, Mark Bard fae thi buildin site, (Luath 2007 ISBN: 978-1906307141) Lallans - Dundee, poetry
jist ask us! on page 48

1 matches

Waddell, John Lallans 59 - Eve and the Aipple, (Lallans Magazine 2001) Lallans, newspaper
f ye're no gaun tae eat it? A ask ye? It wis auld Creepy, the s on page 89

1 matches

McHardy, Stuart Speakin o Dundee: Tales Tellt Aroun the Toun, (Luath 2010 ISBN: 978-1-906817-25-1) Lallans - Dundee, prose
aptains o the ither ships tae ask if they had seen oniethin o h on page 34

1 matches

Percy, Ely Duck Feet, (Monstrous Regiment 2021 ISBN: 978-1916117921) Lallans - Renfrew, prose
n up three times in a row tae ask her tae repeat the question. on page 16
isco, said Kelly Marie. Ah'll ask him, said Charlene, Me an Chr on page 24
if it persists ah 'll have to ask you to bring a letter from yo on page 25
chool we used tae arrange tae ask oot tae the toilet at the sam on page 29
e this but ah didnae like tae ask. on page 34
Also on pages 38, 40, 41, 51, , 67, 71, 72, 85, 114, 118, 123, 144
23 matches

Burgess, Wilson Dae Ye See: Ulster-Scots Poems, (Scots Language Centre 2007 ISBN: 978-0955791604) Ulster - L'Derry, poetry
Won'erin if hae dare ask hir, "can A go oot the nicht? on page 18

1 matches

Leslie, Deborah Doric - Hale an Hairty, (Argo Publishing 2011 ISBN: 978-0954615345) Doric - Inverurie, prose
illie's gaun naewye an, if ye ask me, ere's somethin far wrang on page 25
onywye," she giggilt, "if ye ask me...ere's somethin far wrang on page 33
. "Ess is fit happens: ye can ask folk te bi 'friends' wi ye an on page 54
mebbe think Ah'm fir real an ask ma fir ma autograph." Chantel on page 62
y God!" Evie leuch. "Ye canna ask fir the mower back tull ye gi on page 82
Also on pages 86
8 matches

Campbell, Robert Lock Doon Poyams, (Independently 2021 ISBN: 979-8742155812) Ulster, poetry
Wi darkest heart boss ask oo thee, on page 17

1 matches

Wilson, Rab Accent O the Mind, (Luath 2006 ISBN: 978-1905222322) Lallans - New Cumnock, poetry
The wife stood by me, ask her whit it's like on page 68
A place ye'd newvir tae ask fir a haun. on page 71
ir said ah'm a miner, if they ask on page 84
Gif an ye ask anither, left a fortune bi hi on page 110
Wid it no be better tae ask whit leemits Natur pits on page 114
Also on pages 116, 117, 119
8 matches

Miller, Alison Archipelagos : Poems from Writing the North, (University of Edinburgh 2014 ISBN: 978-0-7486-9755-7) Orkney, poetry
for John oot o his peedie flask. on page 40

1 matches

De Luca, Christine Gaet-markers, (Shetland For Wirds 2010) Shetland, poetry
nedder sun trowe ask nor starn trowe
1 matches

Fitt, Matthew Jordan's New Jaiket, (Education Scotland 2014) Lallans, weans
‘I dinnae ken, Jordan. Ask yer faither.’
s faither. ‘Mibbe ye better ask yer sister, Erin.’
2 matches

Peterson, George P.S. Nannie Georgedaughter, (Shetland For Wirds 2002) Shetland, prose
Bit I could see a ask gadderin, an da mair da simme
mer wör by, da darker cam da ask, an traetnin, sam as da thund
2 matches

Johnstone, Ian Tuney Loon's low doon, (The Fraserburgh Herald 2000) Doric, newspaper
ver fir aa the questions folk ask. Sitch rhymes as them, cater
kweel clessroom, and ye havti ask hoo folk contending fir whit
2 matches

Harper, Norman Stronach: A Weekly Look at Life in the Fictional North-East Village, (The Press and Journal 2000) Doric, newspaper
in the back corner in case we ask ony difficult questions aboot
1 matches

McAlpine, Joan Meeting of the Parliament, (The Scottish Parliament 2019) Lallans, government
I have just one ask: to ask the Deputy First Minister if
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 108, (self-published 2002) Lallans, newspaper
and fork, to caw for yill, or ask a young lady to tak wine, or
1 matches

Calderwood, Lynsey Mumbo Jumbo, (Litro magazine 2006) Lallans, prose
n up three times in a row tae ask her tae repeat wit she’d sa
uni fur nothin: aw ah did wis ask ma pal Harpreet
2 matches

Smith, Alex A Sair Fecht, (self-published 2003) Doric, prose
for six years. He decided tae ask
smiled an said "I could ask you to hand the documents in
something tae ask you" As the twa o em danced r
3 matches

Smith, Alex A Fer Chauve, (self-published 2005) Doric, prose
hae tae ask fit wis wrang, fin the wifie
change when you ask him? Jonsar Eck's mither coul
2 matches

Hall, Simon W. The Boy That Lived - Chapter Wan, (Brisk Northerly 2015) Orkney, prose
ry. Nesty, tinky neem, if you ask me.’
1 matches

Ross, Derek Chuckies fir the Cairn, (Luath 2009 ISBN: 978-1906817053) Southern - Dumfries, poetry
o triers. Ye can ask nae mair,’ his heid
1 matches

Wilson, Rab Chuckies fir the Cairn, (Luath 2009 ISBN: 978-1906817053) Southern - Dumfries, poetry
Ask me, ‘Stands Scotland where
us, as Ann Gloag’s like tae ask,
2 matches

Clark, Thomas Wha's Like Us?, (Bella Caledonia 2017) Lallans, blog
e seek o sayin whit we think. Ask Rupert Murdoch. Ask Paul Dacr
Rupert Murdoch. Ask Paul Dacre. The burden o an o
t political education ye coud ask for, which is tae actually be
3 matches

Clark, Thomas Yes Nae Mair, (Bella Caledonia 2016) Lallans, blog
better, they're the yins tae ask.
1 matches

Fenton, Janet A Guid New Year tae yin and a!, (Bella Caledonia 2019) Lallans, blog
s taiblet or a soor ploom, an ask ma faither aboot a the rest o
1 matches

Clark, Sara Indyref 2: Aulder, Wiser, Kinder, (Bella Caledonia 2018) Lallans, blog
aist divisive question ye can ask o a nation, is it no?
id than theirs. And never tae ask a person hou they're ettlin t
2 matches

Gauld, Ilene Ilene Gauld - Piper and Poet, (Doric Future 2020) Doric - Keith, poetry
Ask ony Primary one
1 matches

McHardy, Stuart The Wey Forrit, (Luath 2017) Lallans, prose
puss fae the electorate. Bit ask yersel this: did haein 56 oot
e last time ye heard a journo ask a developer tae staun up thei
s biggit, whan dae they jvver ask businesses tae stick tae thei
en fine wha they wark fer (an ask yersel gin public utility is
them. Gin ye doot this, jist ask yersel: whit is the maist pro
10 matches

Ireland, Mark Wi A Facey Like Yours, (Scots Hoose 2020) Doric - Banff, prose
heed back, why div yi ayewis ask me at!"
1 matches

Wilson, Katie Becus a hae a sister a hae a friend, (Scots Hoose 2020) Lallans - Buckie, prose
git pissed off! Yi divna even ask for shotty either, ah just se
yi the wye yi are and a widna ask for you ony other wye.
2 matches

Johnston, Shaun The Forkie Gollach, (Scots Hoose 2020) Doric - Forres, prose
e shop. Ane o us wid go in an ask fir a poke o chips wi a the t
1 matches

Halfpenny, Cameron Ahlice's Adveenturs in Wunderlaant, (Evertype 2015) Southern - Borders, prose
d) “— but Ah’ll hae tae ask thum whit th name o th countr
esperate that she was set tae ask help frae onybody: sae, when
inah, if Ah might venture tae ask th queestion?” said th Lory
Ah’d nearly forgotten tae ask.”
nner, “hei’ll dae nowt Ah ask! Het’s ay six o’clock noo
9 matches

Mc Rae, Thomas The Neep Lantern, (Lowdown-L 2009) Lallans - Central, prose
Lantern)Siptaimbur an’ jist ask folks in the streets fur munn
1 matches

McQueer, Chris Hings - Short Stories 'n That, (404 Ink 2017) Lallans - Glesga, prose
Sharon’s got four, Don’t ask me aw their names though, man
is wan present ah didnae even ask fur an it’s the best fuckin
2 matches

Uri, Antonia Widney’s Fuil, (Mak Forrit 2017) Doric - Aberdeen, blog
on than, “fa wis he?”, ye ask. Weel, some puir bugger wis w
fa will hae stories tae tell, ask yer Granny or yer pal’s Mam
2 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 149, (self-published 2006) Lallans, newspaper
n his honest words but dinnae ask thaim tae lower thirsels tae
1 matches

Bennett, Peter Liberties (Part Two), (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
cks it back an runs ahead tae ask wan ay the other boays where
1 matches

Bennett, Peter Liberties (Part One), (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
the wind fae then oan, if ye ask me.
1 matches

Bennett, Peter The Party ay the Year (Part Two), (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
‘Whit’s your name?’ ah ask her.
1 matches

Bennett, Peter Carpe Diem, (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
e they startit this wan if ye ask me. Like, they’ve moved in
1 matches

Bennett, Peter The Guru an Zander, (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
rsel. Shaggin or wankin if ye ask me, an there’s nae need tae
1 matches

Bennett, Peter The Bothy (Part One), (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
A load ay fuckin shite if ye ask me but who am ah tae chainge
1 matches

Bennett, Peter The Bools, (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
matter wae you anywaiy?’ ah ask him. ‘it’s no like ye tae
ension though daint ye?’ ah ask him.
2 matches

Bennett, Peter Graftin, (ABCTales.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
tae them. He didnae need tae ask again as Pearcey skelpt him a
1 matches

Grae, Emma Jimmy and his wee darlin Alexa, (unbound.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
a,” ah say, “ah dread tae ask, but hus Big Boris closed the
ike if ye wur a wumman?” ah ask.
Ah ask hur tae turn the telly oan. T
3 matches

Grae, Emma Dancin wi the Rhona, (unbound.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
ays. He knows better than tae ask fur the gory details.
Like the wan in Italy?” ah ask, castin ma mind back tae head
Can ah tae take a taxi?” ah ask.
“So are ye testin me?” ah ask.
Ah’m too feart tae ask fur anymair information. The
7 matches

Stewart, Anna An Alien Feeling, (Scots Hoose 2019) Lallans, prose
s strange coz sometimes I’d ask tae be taken away, but I thou
1 matches

Strachan, Shane Hoast, (Scots Hoose 2020) Doric, prose
it’s nae like I’m gan tae ask her, is it?
I’ve tried phonin ma Da tae ask him fit I should dee, but aa
2 matches

Grae, Emma Billy's Ghost Dug, (liarsleague.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
‘Why d’ya ask, hen?’
1 matches

Rennie, Susan Kat an Doug on Planet Fankle, (Itchy Coo 2002) Lallans, weans
e anither, but decided no tae ask mair. Kat stertit tae guddle
1 matches

Strachan, Shane Standing Stone, (northwordsnow.co.uk 2016) Doric, prose
‘Do I ken you?’ I ask. ‘Fae afore? Fae up this wy
toon? Being by the sea?’ I ask.
2 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 115, (self-published 2003) Lallans - Musselburgh, newspaper
So please don't ask me if you can park your car,
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 176, (self-published 2008) Lallans - Musselburgh, newspaper
No A dinnae ken son but if ye ask Sister, she micht be able tae
1 matches

Donovan, Anne Buddha Da - Chapter 1 Anne Marie, (Canongate 2009 ISBN: 978-1847673459) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
Ah decided tae ask him aboot it.
en turnt back tae me. 'Go and ask them if they want some tea.'
'Rinpoche, can ah ask you sumpn?'
onnae unnerstaund if ah don't ask?' Ah turnt back tae Sammy. 'A
4 matches

Chalmers, Aimee Lallans 59 - Joukene Poukerie, (Lallans Magazine 2004) Lallans - Fife, prose
illy Bunter had. Then ye wuid ask if she wantit a go. Ye’d ev
1 matches

Connor, Charles P. Lallans 59 - The Queen’s Shull’n, (Lallans Magazine 2004) Lallans - Fife, prose
hes folk in thon tid. He’d ask hes Grannie efter, she’d be
ers ...” Twa mair wirds tae ask hes gran aboot, Wullie thocht
2 matches

Hutchison, Pat Mrs Clushet o Faaldydykes, (McStorytellers.com 2018) Doric - Banffshire, prose
e managed in a reedy tone tae ask, “Will I die o’t doctor?
1 matches

The Mannie Fae Unco The Diary o a Feel at the Skweel, (unco.scot 2021) Doric, prose
t skweel wiz that if ye didna ask questions ye didna get a row
1 matches

Philips, Cally Wha's feart o' the library?, (McStorytellers.com 2016) Doric - Turriff, prose
trangers wis. An’ feart tae ask in the future. Sae all’s ah
1 matches

Geraghty, Martin A Bad Sport, (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
. ‘Wits a Paul Merton?’ a ask.
anickin’ noo. He’s gonnae ask ti share a taxi.
2 matches

McKillop, Roger Educational (Mis)Communication, (McStorytellers.com 2015) Lallans - Edinburgh, prose
their marks wid call oot tae ask questions. “Here’s your
1 matches

McKillop, Roger Ma Heroes o' Sport, (McStorytellers.com 2015) Lallans - Edinburgh, prose
d gie the ba’ tae Jinky and ask him tae keep it, cause the op
1 matches

Philips, Cally Gonnae No Dae That, (McStorytellers.com 2017) Doric - Turriff, prose
ae fuckin’ perdition, if ye ask me. We hae oor wee triumphs
‘I’ve came doon here tae ask ye.’ Ye cud wricht it ‘Ah
icht it ‘spier’ rather as ask… bit it’s hoo it soons in
3 matches

Occurrences on Scots Twitter

@DoricPhrases tweeted in Doric

@FaeFoggie tweeted in Doric
Jist ask fir a wee nippy I fittivir th(2019)
igeey @73Bain Wis jist awa ti ask at masell!(2020)

@Seperatist_No1 tweeted in Lallans

@cammyrudkin tweeted in Southern
ment ti say out. E wul hav ti ask um #acasayanymare(2012)
011 Hev e found ur shoes pal. Ask @Bulla7(2012)
@RachelNuttella ask @BobbyRobson46 nicely he mite(2012)

@jamie_ginger tweeted in Southern
ack my kebab”. What a way to ask the lassie in local takeaway (2018)

@Angelinekking tweeted in Ulster

@the_gellick tweeted in Ulster

@beast_afc tweeted in Doric

@cligeey tweeted in Doric

@fittiecrooners tweeted in Doric
n young laddies aff the boats ask fer it a the time!(2017)
ay o'the wik! How's at ye may ask? Well it's bingo day at Mecca(2017)
o'don the day. Fit why ye may ask? Well me & few o'the Fittie b(2018)
e wants a cafe or a pub if ye ask me! Bring back the toasties &(2018)
ie ???? think I will need tae ask them!(2018)
and 1 other matches.

@Manuforti1968 tweeted in Doric
@Wattiejwattie Ye'll hae tae ask @standupfarmer tae dae a spec(2019)

@DavidJWood2 tweeted in Lallans
h, till her friend phoned tae ask her oot for coffee. Today is (2020)

@jax6754 tweeted in Lallans

@mcfarlane_irene tweeted in Lallans

@rosa_alba_macd tweeted in Lallans

@SusiBriggs1 tweeted in Lallans
@GatehseNursery Ask as many as ye like Mrs Irving(2020)

@peediepuss tweeted in Orkney

@Angela1Sinclair tweeted in Lallans
@raiphsays We kid ask, bit ahm no huddin oot much h(2020)

@Chazzbat tweeted in Lallans
fer @My5_tv, if ye're gonnae ask me if Ah'm ower 18 ivery time(2020)
yer, Netflix an Prime stop an ask ye this.(2020)
Ahead of the Yulin festival, ask the Party Secretary of Guangx(2020)
@donna_gallers Ah meant tae ask, how's the cross-stitch comin(2020)

@DABArbuckle tweeted in Lallans

@fairpechtoot tweeted in Lallans
n bit it's disappeared. Ah'll ask Bruce an The Blether. Thanks!(2016)

@LairnScots tweeted in Lallans

@raiphsays tweeted in Lallans
realisin whit it’s like tae ask a tory a question.(2020)

@helenmoncrieff tweeted in Shetland

@kennethbryce184 tweeted in Lallans
auce on yours - a forgot tae ask lol (2020) twitter link
ed the reply m8 - eed better ask angela - b oan lol (2021) twitter link
@LDhistorymaker can a ask how both teams ended up playi (2020) twitter link
n awe the padding they wear n ask them tae tackle n run into ea (2021) twitter link
2 night - n u dont need tae ask what game a wooda watched 2 m (2021) twitter link
and 2 other matches.

@StuartPoet tweeted in Lallans

@TheFarrierPhil tweeted in Ulster

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