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lie Corpus occurrences Lallans / Central Doric / Northern Orkney Shetland Southern Ulster
Occurences normalised per million words84.1 74.6 87.5 234.6 87.2 45.1 83.7
Number of occurrences17691 35 21 11 4 14
Number of authors63 30 12 6 6 3 6

Occurrences of lie in Corpus

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Fitt, Matthew Roald Dahl Reekin Rhymes, (Itchy Coo 2018 ISBN: 978-1785301834) Lallans, weans
She fancies noo a wee lie doon on page 33

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Burnett, Colin A Working Class State of Mind, (Piermont 2021 ISBN: 978-1914090158) Lallans - East Coast, prose
the hing. Nae fuckin wurd ae lie, mate. It could gee an orgasm on page 65
Ah cannae lie likes, his last comment spike on page 117
Ah'Il no lie, eh? It's gid seein thum bait on page 129
's really nae need fur me tae lie anymaire. And ah jist thoat t on page 130
And ah cannae lie. It's reassurin. Ah kin jist on page 159
Also on pages 197, 199
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Donovan, Anne Matilda In Scots, (Itchy Coo 2019 ISBN: 978-1785302350) Lallans, weans
'Dinnae lie tae me, - Dubskelper!" bowff on page 115
in tae tell me a muckle great lie like thon! Whit did ye dae th on page 150
Matilda wis meanin tae tell a lie. It wis mair likely she wis j on page 166

3 matches

McQueer, Chris Hings - Short Stories 'n That, (404 Ink 2017 ISBN: 978-0995623866) Lallans - Glesga, prose
s been bliss - ahm no gonnae lie, Watter under the bridge, tho on page 75
ar tae god man, nae word ae a lie, ah swear ah felt as if ah to on page 76

2 matches

McHardy, Stuart Speakin o Dundee: Tales Tellt Aroun the Toun, (Luath 2010 ISBN: 978-1-906817-25-1) Lallans - Dundee, prose
f tae the Old Glamis Road tae lie in wait fer a passin victim o on page 105
watch an the lads decided tae lie low fer a few days. A muckle on page 107

2 matches

Percy, Ely Duck Feet, (Monstrous Regiment 2021 ISBN: 978-1916117921) Lallans - Renfrew, prose
ors an big high beds where yi lie, an nurses take yir temperatu on page 151
Missus Auldhill made me lie doon in the nurse's office an on page 169

2 matches

Fitt, Matthew Chairlie and the Chocolate Works, (Itchy Coo 2016 ISBN: 978-1-78530-083-7) Lallans, prose
ma Gowden Ticket? And she wid lie doon on the flair for oors an on page 30

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Clark, Thomas Diary o a Wimpy Wean, (Itchy Coo 2018 ISBN: 978-1785302145) Lallans, weans
Sae the day I has a nice lang lie. on page 16

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Wilson, Rab Accent O the Mind, (Luath 2006 ISBN: 978-1905222322) Lallans - New Cumnock, poetry
Lie obscenely thegaither on page 37
Or mibbes ye prefer tae lie wauken at nicht, hauf deid wi on page 107

2 matches

Chisnall, Edward F. H. Yer Ain, The Young Yins and the Auld Yin, (Evertype 2021 ISBN: 978-1782012764) Lallans - Glasgow, poetry
r maw). Sae thare afore me ye lie, in pageant fancy as a wuiven on page ix
green gress hamewart shaidaes lie on page 55
We aw wad be feart tae lie athwart an unmade bed on page 142

3 matches

Grae, Emma The Tongue She Speaks, (Scots Language Centre 2021) Lallans, poetry
te ah fink in P.E. Why did he lie aboot his name? The ainlie ex on page 10
In ither airts lie wealth and power, on page 32
'This is great,' ah lie. on page 50
Ah'm content as a lie in ma scratcher the nicht, bu on page 53

5 matches

Townsley, Jane Joe's Cloud an Ither Stuff, (lulu.com 2014 ISBN: 978-1326001612) Lallans - Perth, prose
thaw oot an we can get it tae lie nice, as though it jist passe on page 60
ae like I said.... get it tae lie bonnie, like it wis jist slee on page 64
ter ever fergot, then we'd aa lie in wir beds till denner time. on page 76
fairy. Noo this wis a big fat lie. on page 98

4 matches

Robertson, James The Hoose at Pooh's Neuk, (Itchy Coo 2010 ISBN: 978-1845022945) Lallans, weans
but it wis a better ploy tae lie doon and on page 85
the bottom spar. Sae they wid lie doon and watch it...and it sn on page 86

2 matches

Morning, Carey Neeps and Tatties, (self-published 2020) Lallans, weans
widnae lie doon on page 9

1 matches

Grae, Emma Be guid tae yer Mammy, (Unbound Digital 2021 ISBN: 978-1789651171) Lallans, prose
,' Donald replies. 'Ah cannae lie.' on page xiii
'Great,' ah lie. David nods in agreement. 'Ho on page 11
id needed an early night,' ah lie, distractin masel by lookin a on page 14
e should huv let sleepin dugs lie.' on page 28
a creak. He always hud a wee lie oan a Saturday before gaun ra on page 40
Also on pages 42, 51, 83, 88, 91
10 matches

Fleemin, Sandy Report on Inquiry intil the role Submission, (Education, Culture an Sport Comatee 2003) Lallans - East Lothian, government
For ye sall never lie withoot,
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Percy, Ely The Family Situation, (The Interpreters House.org 2020) Lallans, prose
Mrs Auldhill made me lie doon in the nurse’s office
1 matches

Malgrati, Paul Ayont the Fake and the Leal: Let's Free the Leid, (Bella Caledonia 2018) Lallans, blog
e, its virr, they think, maun lie amang the people itsel. "1.5
1 matches

Clark, Thomas Aw Aboard! The fecht for the Scots language stairts the day!, (Bella Caledonia 2019) Lallans - Bellshill, blog
pey their ain wey is gied the lie ower an ower again bi the tho
1 matches

Wilson, Katie Becus a hae a sister a hae a friend, (Scots Hoose 2020) Lallans - Buckie, prose
y sum times… Am nae gan tae lie. Bit am so proud the wye yi h
1 matches

Heather, Alistair Whaur we cam fae: the Pechts, (Mak Forrit 2018) Lallans - Angus, blog
e this day whaur their bodies lie, but maist fowk credit the id
1 matches

Thoumire, Elizabeth Kintrae livin, (Mak Forrit 2019) Lallans - Edinburgh, blog
the simmerhoose whaur she wad lie oot in the air for oors o ive
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Bennett, Peter The Party ay the Year (Part One), (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
. Ye look bran new. . .’ ah lie, ‘. . . just make sure an d
1 matches

Bennett, Peter The Bothy (Part Two), (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
r blind optimism or a blatant lie. The only waiy we could get t
1 matches

Bennett, Peter The Bothy (Part One), (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
e bit ay pleasure, ah won’t lie. Small victories an that. ‘
1 matches

Bennett, Peter Graftin, (ABCTales.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
aye ah did. Definitely.’ ah lie.
tae the back ay the van, then lie doon fur a second oan tae som
2 matches

Bennett, Peter McShane's Reprieve, (ABCTales.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
the back ay a van. Ah won’t lie, ah wis thinkin this is it ma
1 matches

Bennett, Peter Rude Awakenings (Part two of two), (ABCTales.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
p intae a wee bun. Ah won’t lie, she’s gettin me gaun a wee
r finger oan the pulse.’ ah lie.
2 matches

Bennett, Peter Rude Awakenings (Part one of two), (ABCTales.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
. IT’S AN EMERGENCY!’ ah lie.
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Bennett, Peter Park trife, (ABCTales.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
‘Ah’m bran new.’ ah lie, an staun up too fast, which
1 matches

Grae, Emma Dancin wi the Rhona, (unbound.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
ork fae hame, but ah’ve tae lie low till this virus hing is o
1 matches

Stewart, Anna An Alien Feeling, (Scots Hoose 2019) Lallans, prose
I lie there and think aboot oor bai
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McKillop, Roger Uprisin' an' Doonfa', (McStorytellers.com 2016) Lallans - Edinburgh, poetry
lie slaughtered, aw' for Stuart p
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McKillop, Roger The Builders, (McStorytellers.com 2015) Lallans - Edinburgh, prose
taff tae hae tae tak’ a wee lie doon, tae get rid o’ the me
1 matches

McKillop, Roger Wee Roge Boobs, (McStorytellers.com 2015) Lallans - Edinburgh, prose
s on my boat an’ your boat, lie back an’ put your feet inta
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McKillop, Roger Ma Heroes o' Sport, (McStorytellers.com 2015) Lallans - Edinburgh, prose
of Mordor, where the shadows lie.
of Mordor, where the shadows lie.
fitba’ whaur the memories lie.
fitba’ whaur the memories lie.
4 matches

Crawford, Ross At Stake, (Medium 2021) Lallans - Stirling, prose
hat? “Understatement”? “Lie-toats” or somethin like tha
1 matches

Kurtoglu, Wulf Braken Fences, (Caroline Macafee 2011 ISBN: B006JE3UQW) Lallans, prose
it wis a dreidfu aith unner a lie detector, a renunciation o th
other. “Juist gang. Gang an lie doon.”
eenished her mait an gaed tae lie doon in the
teert him aff, protestin, tae lie doon.
ennertime. She telt thaim tae lie law - the briganders wad be
6 matches

Bennett, Peter Wan Goal tae the Good, (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
When the rest ay us lie awake at night tryin tae solv
1 matches

Bennett, Peter Time, (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
could ah huv guessed whit wid lie aheid, that glorious day in A
get doon the road, ah need a lie doon.’ They aw look at each
2 matches

astrothsknot The Auld Man O Jerah, (archiveofourown.org 2018) Lallans, prose
’s a true tale an A’ll no lie in the tellin.
The Sidhe dinnae lie, sae Jennet kent it fyr truth
2 matches

@DavidJWood2 tweeted
sywitch78 @dr_cheeky I cannae lie, it’s actually Effie the dug(2020) search twitter

@iainnicol tweeted
rmanH Ay, but then they canna lie and say they're 'progressive'(2020) search twitter

@IshbelMcF tweeted
we'll nivir get chynge gin we lie it the wey it is the noo.(2017) search twitter

@rosa_alba_macd tweeted
bring some round... (that's a lie, it's a lang hike frae Stanhi(2020) search twitter

@fairpechtoot tweeted
@poetLORRYate So ma loyalties lie wi Oor Wullie an yours wi boa(2017) search twitter

@ThonJacobite tweeted
n that he kin actually answer/lie aboot. Of coorse, there WILL (2021) search twitter


Leslie, Deborah Doric - Alive an Kickin, (Argo Publishing 2004 ISBN: 978-0954615314) Doric - Inverurie, prose
fae the widden couples. Ah'd lie an chaa a bit strae or, mebbe on page 88

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Leslie, Deborah Doric - Hale an Hairty, (Argo Publishing 2011 ISBN: 978-0954615345) Doric - Inverurie, prose
oot in the sin. "Ah'lll jist lie here an hae forty winks." on page 11
bills. Wi'd aet wir picnic an lie on wir bellies, savourin the on page 21
er lips are quait an yer hans lie still; an aneth the sleeves o on page 23
o clover an pullin ma doon te lie aside him on the mossy forest on page 44
uncement. "Ye've mair need te lie doon ahin a dyke an dee." on page 47

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Hay, Gordon M. The Doric New Testament, (Gordon M Hay 2012 ISBN: 978-0957351516) Doric - Banff, prose
hame an wadded her bit didna lie wi her till Jesus wis born. A on page 7

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Uri, Antonia Bidin awa: City Breaks, (Scots Language Centre 2015) Doric - Aberdeen, newspaper
ak ye think that ye can hae a lie in thou! Ivery mornin, aire i on page 4

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Leslie, Deborah Doric: Alive an Kickin 2, (Argo Publishing 2006 ISBN: 978-0954615321) Doric - Inverurie, prose
sattle er nerves. "Ah'll jist lie low fir a fille. They'll seen on page 24
fingirs, like twistit twigs, lie idle in ma lap an swald feet on page 44
"Ah'll jist lie doon an dee an aa," Ah said w on page 51

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Smith, Alex A Sair Fecht, (self-published 2003) Doric, prose
Grun sae wet flooers lie fer sodden.
1 matches

Smith, Alex A Fer Chauve, (self-published 2005) Doric, prose
Sna is affa damp an it disnae lie.
1 matches

Blackhall, Sheena Minnie, (Scots Language Centre 2004) Doric, prose
And if any man lie with her at all, and her flow
ac. I shall gie ye the lan ye lie on tae yersel an yer bairns e
'Wheesht Benjy! Lie doon min!' quo Minnie in a fu
'd tae dee if they winted tae lie wi a wummin wis jist tae touc
them fariver they led her, an lie doon tae them wioot a myowt.
5 matches

Blackhall, Sheena The Quarry, (Lochlands 2007) Doric, prose
Their kistit banes lie cauld;
ld as the auncient kists that lie in the Machar kirkyaird this
2 matches

Strachan, Shane Hoast, (Scots Hoose 2020) Doric, prose
Okay, I say. I lie back doon and pull ma sheets
1 matches

Strachan, Shane Standing Stone, (northwordsnow.co.uk 2016) Doric, prose
for masel, I’m knackered. I lie doon on the grun for a mintie
this. I go ben to my bed and lie doon wie the curtains shut. E
e grey pillars aroon ma, then lie on ma side and feel the caul
3 matches

Johnson, Mary Lallans 59 - Kieran an Aidan, (Lallans Magazine 2004) Doric - Aberdeenshire, prose
n an lachin. At e fit, we’d lie quate in een anither’s airm
1 matches

Johnson, Mary Lallans 59 - Furst Time, (Lallans Magazine 2004) Doric - Aberdeenshire, prose
A lie there for whit feels bike hau
1 matches

Hutchison, Pat Catty, (McStorytellers.com 2017) Doric - Banffshire, prose
wiz in the gairden Catty wid lie as close tae her as possible
1 matches

Philips, Cally Wha's feart o' the library?, (McStorytellers.com 2016) Doric - Turriff, prose
this wan. So ah made up some lie aboot hoo ah’d niver found
1 matches

Philips, Cally Gonnae No Dae That, (McStorytellers.com 2017) Doric - Turriff, prose
e bare now, and autumn leaves lie thick and still, o’er land
1 matches

Blackhall, Sheena Jessie the Jumbo And other Bairn Tales in Scots, (Smashwords 2014) Doric - Aberdeen, weans
a terrible fleg. Fit WIS lang-lie-itis? Wad as her teeth come o
r, “that wee quines wi lang-lie-itis hiv tae takk this mixtur
2 matches

@DoricPhrases tweeted
ps://t.co/EJWIaz1gV4 means to lie to grandson Mony thanks tae c(2016) search twitter
ines, did ye gie yer mither a lie in!(2017) search twitter

@FaeFoggie tweeted
o ees and noo I'm gaan fir a lie doon ootside. https://t.co/3L(2019) search twitter

@_DawnLeslie tweeted
I’m awa for a lie doon efter that... ?? https:/(2020) search twitter


Baikie, R. M. Mair Fairming Tales, (Baikie 2000 ISBN: 978-0953156412) Orkney - Hackland, prose
"'Sheu'll lie here till I come back home, h on page 96

1 matches

Parkin, Hazel Seven Year O Yule Days, (H and M Parkins 2002 ISBN: 978-0954363505) Orkney, poetry
surmise whar the bleem might lie, we dinna hae far tae luk! on page 15
ent in hospital then home tae lie in bed. on page 24
Noo, I can lie back in me bed and watch me f on page 25
The green isles lie afore them - Stronsay, Sanda on page 48
cool, When bairns wid raither lie in bed than rise and go tae s on page 70
Also on pages 71, 72, 75
10 matches

Giles, Harry Josephine Deep Wheel Orcadia: A Novel, (Picador 2021 ISBN: 978-1529066609) Orkney, poetry
Eftir, the both o thaim lie i thir bunks on page 11
tae haaf has ferfil gien the lie tae infienit informaetion alw on page 74
at Astrid thinks is darnt but lie ower closs tae the skin. Sheu on page 137

3 matches

Hall, Simon W. Gousters, Glims and Veerie-orums, (Orkney Voices 2021 ISBN: 9780956661661) Orkney, prose
been daean. Noo ahm gaan tae lie doon a meenit. Thoo kin think on page 2

4 matches

Hall, Simon W. New Lambs, Owld Stone, (Brisk Northerly 2017) Orkney, blog
nd fragments o blue whin that lie aal roond the site. In the co
1 matches

Miller, Alison The Point o Tinsal, (Dictionaries of the Scots Language 2021) Orkney, poetry
the fokk lie moored tae thir baeds, wuppid
1 matches

Peace, Courtney The 'Guid' Life, (Orkney Heritage Society 2010) Orkney, poetry
Wid've likly got mare o a lie in!
1 matches


Johnson, Laureen Alice's Adventirs in Wonderlaand, (Evertype 2012 ISBN: 978-1782010081) Shetland - Voe, prose
tocht, "if aa da fok hed ta lie face doon so as dey couldna s on page 80

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Greig, Charles A Shetland Bible, (Saint Andrew Press 2009 ISBN: 978-0715209158) Shetland - Lerwick, prose
an i da hairst da rigs lie ready fir da sye an spade; on page 35
Dy wyes an wisdim lie afore me on page 47

3 matches

Fraser, Barbara Aye Someane Deid, Aye Someane Boarn, (Shetland Times 2021 ISBN: 978-1910997437) Shetland, prose
wi an empty whisky bottle, an lie leerin ower da coonter at her on page 14
da paet bucket. 'Dar's right, lie dere, du snivellin piece a sh on page 19
ally said. "I never wanted to lie, but Gran said it was better, on page 26

4 matches

Sutherland, Hazel Biggin Da Dess, (Shetland For Wirds 2004) Shetland, prose
doon tae a workable height. I lie in da middle an Dad covers me
1 matches

Williamson, Christie Da windirs o technology, (The Bottle Imp 2019) Shetland - Yell, poetry
ta mind da wye o da lie
1 matches

@helenmoncrieff tweeted
of spring as Apollo chose to lie oot on da green(2014) search twitter


Bryden, Hugh Chuckies fir the Cairn, (Luath 2009 ISBN: 978-1906817053) Southern - Dumfries, poetry
curse a neighbour, tell a lie. on page 93

1 matches

Halfpenny, Cameron Ahlice's Adveenturs in Wunderlaant, (Evertype 2015 ISBN: 978-1782010876) Southern - Borders, prose
Lie eet where Childhood's dwams a on page 6
ocht she, "if fowk hed aw tae lie doon oan their faces, sae tha on page 78

2 matches

Niven, Liz Stravaigin, (Luath 2001 ISBN: 978-1905222704) Southern, poetry
Camp, A?'ll toast yer memory, lie still in yer graves. The figh on page 41

1 matches


Fenton, James On Slaimish, (Ullans Press 2009 ISBN: 9781905281299) Ulster, poetry
aroon the tummock whar A lie. on page 17
An wutless in the rashes lie: on page 40
Corps lie on me on page 46
In quait they lie. on page 54

4 matches

Morrison-Smyth, Anne Alice's Carrants in Wunnerlan, (Evertype 2013 ISBN: 978-1-78201-011-1) Ulster - Ballymoney, prose
e dae this, an shae try't tae lie doon wi yin elba agin the dor on page 35
ubtful whather shae oucht tae lie doon or naw on hir dial lik t on page 79

3 matches

Dornan, Stephen Tha Jaa Banes, (Ulster-Scots Academy 2020 ISBN: 978-1-9163758-1-9) Ulster - Comber, poetry
ure an tells ye tha day ye'll lie deid aneath him in tha coul y on page 8
Til A cudnae lie nae mair on page 18

2 matches

Ulster-Scots Language Society Tha Fower Gospels, (Ullans Press 2016 ISBN: 978-1-905281-25-1) Ulster, prose
s leevin afore.' Whaniver ït lie gaes bak, ït fins tha hoose on page 9

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Campbell, Robert Lock Doon Poyams, (Independently 2021 ISBN: 979-8742155812) Ulster, poetry
Banes lie here, bae naw forgatten. on page 15
An taught theim such a lie, on page 19

3 matches

@Rosehill_girl tweeted
wheen o’wurds tae taak that lie nearhan tae ma hairt thenicht (2021) twitter link

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