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needs Corpus occurrences Lallans / Central Doric / Northern Orkney Shetland Southern Ulster
Occurences normalised per million words111.9 132.8 95.1 241.2 72.1 22.6 45.7
Number of occurrences201136 36 13 7 2 7
Number of authors63 40 11 2 5 1 4

Occurrences of needs in Corpus

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Rennie, Susan The Wee Prince, (Edition Lintenfass 2017 ISBN: 978-3946190592) Lallans, prose
hing! Dae ye think this sheep needs a gowpenfu o gress?' on page 14
in you wad kindly think on my needs...' on page 31
But the een are blin. A bodie needs tae seek wi the hert.' on page 81

3 matches

Burnett, Colin A Working Class State of Mind, (Piermont 2021 ISBN: 978-1914090158) Lallans - East Coast, prose
is boay won Aldo, granted, he needs tae be bit maire modest aboot on page 44
e ae a gid kidney if she ever needs it. Jist tae git ma sister An on page 51
something good about him. He needs locking up!" on page 71
akin ma dae any worse than it needs tae be. Then like a sucker pu on page 117
ah need tae lit him go and he needs tae furget me and this place. on page 157
Also on pages 158, 169, 175
9 matches

McHardy, Stuart The Wey Forrit, (Luath 2017 ISBN: 978-1912147014) Lallans, prose
bs o bein representatives. It needs sayin, time an agin, but the on page 10
in oo, society, an pittin the needs o speculators afore oniethin on page 12
airds that culture an history needs tae be cawed oot. Them that t on page 13
isters tae meet the religious needs o the fowk, an as time his ga on page 19
en whit the electorate thinks needs duin on page 29
Also on pages 30, 71, 84, 89, 91, 95, 128
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Thomson, Mark Bard fae thi buildin site, (Luath 2007 ISBN: 978-1906307141) Lallans - Dundee, poetry
needs neeps. on page 40
See, shiz formed a habit that needs on page 61

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Douglas, Sheila Lallans 59 - Rants and Foys, (Lallans Magazine 2001) Lallans, newspaper
haes tae be balanced an that needs a machine. on page 56

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Percy, Ely Duck Feet, (Monstrous Regiment 2021 ISBN: 978-1916117921) Lallans - Renfrew, prose
Sumdy needs tae keep edgy man, said Laura on page 107
othert walkin upstairs an she needs Nicola fur her lift pass) but on page 115
her stuff apart fae whit she needs fur school aw packed intae ca on page 120
ma gran's been tolt that she needs tae loss at least four stone on page 137
l's got a smokin room but she needs tae get permission fae her pa on page 152

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Fitt, Matthew Chairlie and the Chocolate Works, (Itchy Coo 2016 ISBN: 978-1-78530-083-7) Lallans, prose
'She needs her dowper skelped,' said Gra on page 31

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Clark, Thomas Diary o a Wimpy Wean, (Itchy Coo 2018 ISBN: 978-1785302145) Lallans, weans
uage o his ain. Like, when he needs tae gaun tae the lavvy, he sa on page 29

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Wilson, Rab Accent O the Mind, (Luath 2006 ISBN: 978-1905222322) Lallans - New Cumnock, poetry
s bend the truth a tad?, (Wha needs Uri Geller!?) on page 46
chiel that juist taks whit he needs, disnae end up drawin on page 106

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Fitt, Matthew Geordie's Mingin Medicine, (Itchy Coo 2007 ISBN: 978-1845021603) Lallans, weans
but whit the magic mixter noo needs is a drap o the real stuffie, on page 26
. aw,' Geordie said. 'Grannie needs them. Jings, she doesnae half on page 27
id bile on the stove is aw it needs.' And wi that, he stachered b on page 31
'It needs mair broon in it,' Geordie sa on page 35

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Chisnall, Edward F. H. Yer Ain, The Young Yins and the Auld Yin, (Evertype 2021 ISBN: 978-1782012764) Lallans - Glasgow, poetry
Needs a crutch tae hirple up and do on page 72
Like an egg needs a yoke and a belly the breid, on page 73
You feenisht a lifetime o needs by the wey, on page 111

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Donati, Colin Scots A Statement o Principles, (Scots Parliament 2003 ISBN: 978-1-899920-02-1) Lallans, government
ort an resources the language needs. on page 10
land, like ony ither country, needs tae address sic questionsas p on page 18

2 matches

Horsbroch, Dauvit Scots Warks - Uphaud an guidance for screivars, (Scots Language Centre 2015) Lallans, government
ma publisher the ithir day); needs for 'needs to be' (Mi tawties on page 36

3 matches

Robertson, James Naebody'd Seen Him, (Scottish Book Trust 2018) Lallans, prose
ones he needs to know about. There'll be ph
1 matches

Gillon, Karen Report on Inquiry intil the role o, (Education, Culture an Sport Comatee 2003) Lallans, government
rs sae as tae meet individual needs,
“minority leids” needs defined.
chtly vary accordin tae their needs an interests.
le cohesion an that faur mair needs done.
ubmissions, simply that there needs tae be a cohesive National Le
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Fleemin, Sandy Report on Inquiry intil the role Submission, (Education, Culture an Sport Comatee 2003) Lallans - East Lothian, government
it! Asweel, this kin o thing needs folk that kens hou tae dae th
's come tae be seen this wey, needs a fair fouth o spellin rules
say the'r mony a Scots bairn needs nae help wi spaekin his ain t
3 matches

Clark, Thomas Wha's Like Us?, (Bella Caledonia 2017) Lallans - Bellshill, blog
r as he's concernt, Liberland needs naebody's permission slip jis
1 matches

Clark, Thomas Yes Nae Mair, (Bella Caledonia 2016) Lallans - Bellshill, blog
if we're wantin tae ken whit needs done better, they're the yins
1 matches

Capener, Jack No Guid Eneuch, (Bella Caledonia 2019) Lallans, blog
e kinna government support it needs, but we cannae tak its ongang
s isnae gien the attention it needs, but at the en o the day, nan
ut a chynge at the grassroots needs tae be accompanied bi a chyng
3 matches

Clark, Sara Scot Free -The Psychic Cost O Uisin Scots, (Bella Caledonia 2018) Lallans, blog
me for Scots, an yer language needs ye. Noo is the time tae stair
1 matches

Clark, Sara Your Leid, Oor Leid, Awbody's Leid, (Bella Caledonia 2018) Lallans, blog
ellin me aboot a problem that needs fixin pronto tonto, ah've tae
1 matches

Smith, Jamie The dingin doun o devolution, (Mak Forrit 2020) Lallans - Edinburgh, blog
tícians canna be trustit and needs tae be hauden tae accoont.
1 matches

Heather, Alistair Bravehert: The truth anent William Wallace (pairt 1), (Mak Forrit 2018) Lallans - Angus, blog
here’s nae ower muckle that needs said aboot the battle o Stirl
1 matches

Heather, Alistair Trains approachin?, (Mak Forrit 2017) Lallans - Angus, blog
The Buchan needs this railway like it needs it
this railway like it needs its neist breath o air. The b
t o 19t century infrastructur needs lowsed aff the thrapple o the
3 matches

Thoumire, Elizabeth Kintrae livin, (Mak Forrit 2019) Lallans - Edinburgh, blog
s required tae attend tae the needs o a dochter o the hoose. She
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Hodgart, John Scots Language Act: Oor weans hae richt tae see mither tung respectit, (The National 2021) Lallans - North Ayrshire, newspaper
n linguistic equality, really needs tae prepare legislation for a
the same time, the SG really needs tae re-examine the proposals
their ain country – an that needs tae chynge!
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Harper, Emma Promoting the Scots Leid, (The Scottish Parliament 2021) Lallans - Stranraer, government
leivin leid an tak tent o the needs o its spikkers; forbye encour
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 147, (self-published 2006) Lallans, newspaper
tae the language that a play needs, gaun as faur as tae say she
1 matches

Bennett, Peter Liberties (Part Two), (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
nce ay the last few ooirs, it needs nae answer. We dae as he asks
gree that as much as the club needs tae progress an get wae the t
2 matches

Bennett, Peter Sharks, (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
rial but at the same time, it needs tae be sais. ‘Whit the bloo
elp oot wae the grandwean’s needs noo an again, whit use is he,
2 matches

Bennett, Peter Carpe Diem, (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
eum fuckin taste fae the gear needs washed away. ‘You’re a fu
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Bennett, Peter The Bothy (Part Two), (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
any cunt that’s oot here an needs shelter. Hill walkers, climbe
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Bennett, Peter The Bothy (Part One), (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
he idea eventually. Some cunt needs tae tell him that overtime’
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Bennett, Peter Graftin, (ABCTales.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
iscreants nae cunt wants, nor needs, cast asunder oan tae the pil
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Bennett, Peter Rude Awakenings (Part one of two), (ABCTales.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
ight back at me. ‘Everybody needs tae start somewhere, at least
1 matches

Rennie, Susan The Hoose o Haivers, (Itchy Coo 2002 ISBN: 978-1902927442) Lallans, weans
int Arachne. “An apprentice needs something tae learn fae.” B
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 114, (self-published 2003) Lallans - Musselburgh, newspaper
t the action plan shuid hae a needs-foondit approach tae differen
1 matches

Crawford, Ross Awa in a Dwam, (Medium 2021) Lallans - Stirling, prose
he state ae this. Ae her! She needs locked up!’
1 matches

Capener, Jack This laund wis wrocht for you an me, (Mak Forrit 2021) Lallans - Edinburgh, blog
cy in shapin laundscapes. Oor needs an desires determine hou we u
aye been chyngin tae suit the needs o thaim that own thaim, wi wi
2 matches

Kurtoglu, Wulf Braken Fences, (Caroline Macafee 2011 ISBN: B006JE3UQW) Lallans, prose
feed - Ah’ll dae whitever needs daein aroon yer place.”
nts. Mony o thaim had genuine needs tae keep Dr Mrs Bose busy. Th
r mother when he particularly needs you himself.”
be priggit - anticipatin his needs, pittin things ready til his
4 matches

Donati, Colin Universal Declaration o Human Richts, (Scots Language Centre 2004) Lallans, government
rs and the meeting o the just needs o morality, public order and
1 matches

McClurg, Fernando Indytwa?, (The Sair Fecht 2016) Lallans, blog
offer o independence that aye needs reddit oot. The question is,
1 matches

Puchowski, James Frae Norrowa ower the faem, (The Sair Fecht 2016) Lallans, blog
The day’s Scotland needs mair nor ane radical politica
1 matches

McClurg, Fernando “Blood Upon the Grass” – merk twa?, (The Sair Fecht 2015) Lallans, blog
are difficult questions, that needs tae be debatit honestly an op
1 matches

McClurg, Fernando Votin isna Democracy. But..., (The Sair Fecht 2015) Lallans, blog
ey aw jist tell the lees they needs tae get electit,” “Democr
1 matches

Neil, Gabriel The Green Pairty: Holyrood’s nixt opposition?, (The Sair Fecht 2015) Lallans, blog
d’s new political landscape needs a dynamic opposition tae the
1 matches

McClurg, Fernando The Potemkin Pairty, (The Sair Fecht 2015) Lallans, blog
ic an PA seistem he obviously needs tae address literally several
1 matches

McClurg, Fernando The Great Divide, (The Sair Fecht 2015) Lallans, blog
pro-independence campaigners needs tae keep chappin doors an pit
1 matches

Ewen, Allan Pairt twa: Janus leuks aheid, (The Sair Fecht 2015) Lallans, blog
e whit a progressive movement needs.
1 matches

@Seperatist_No1 tweeted
seen half ma tweets? Naebody needs to fix their spelling with me(2020) search twitter
d consider Monday a funday it needs a new title ??(2020) search twitter

@alistairdunn tweeted
ns in the summer, new manager needs tae go nuclear again, so so m(2017) search twitter

@ionafyfe tweeted
hanks fir haen us - the leid needs and deserves this kine o pres(2020) search twitter
ric an Scots the spotlight it needs an deserves. Please check oot(2020) search twitter

@jax6754 tweeted
xt in Scotland..... Edinburgh needs you.......and @austinarmacost(2015) search twitter

@MartinBroon tweeted
@PureFitbaw Aye! Mcburnie needs another run oot A reckon??. ?(2020) search twitter

@rosa_alba_macd tweeted
e hale warld enteer richt noo needs tae gang immediate tae its ba(2020) search twitter
like I said, the world entire needs a long time out then a longer(2020) search twitter
@STVNews celtic needs tae hae a muckle stern wird w(2020) search twitter

@Chazzbat tweeted
n anely dae sae muckle. Steve needs tae be the vyce o reason. Aye(2020) search twitter
tae be embarrassed aboot. She needs tae tell Peter. An get hersel(2020) search twitter
hisnews That's a disgrace. It needs stricken fae the buiks ASAP!(2020) search twitter

@raiphsays tweeted
part 2 noo! The aye chihuahua needs oor votes! ???? https://t.co/(2020) search twitter
r voting fingers oot!! PEEPEE NEEDS OOR VOTES! https://t.co/QjBfJ(2020) search twitter

@kennethbryce184 tweeted
@Brian_Pacey aye needs come 1st m8 - av alot oh fit (2021) twitter link
CCP_sport @ProAmFootball defo needs a step up dis the big man (2021) twitter link
@EdinburghLive_ who needs guy fawkes - b oan the calde (2020) twitter link
@GilesGraeme aye this needs airtime guys - this has been (2020) twitter link
ation tae calm him doon if he needs it - laddies no been richt s (2021) twitter link
and 4 other occurrences.

@StuartPoet tweeted
e #COVID19 or maybe ever? Who needs #dominiccummimgs when there a(2020) search twitter
thinking, that's no bad, just needs a wee bit more work.(2020) search twitter
rder tae dae it virtually but needs must as the Deil drinks eh (2020) twitter link
Tibbie Pagan an aw. The warl needs tae ken her mair!(2020) search twitter
@shugmcmillan Needs mair Gallowa epicness!(2020) search twitter


Leslie, Deborah Doric - Alive an Kickin, (Argo Publishing 2004 ISBN: 978-0954615314) Doric - Inverurie, prose
te see er the nicht - Nellie needs er freens roon er it a time l on page 26

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Leslie, Deborah Doric - Hale an Hairty, (Argo Publishing 2011 ISBN: 978-0954615345) Doric - Inverurie, prose
k like you are caaed 'special needs', bit in the times we'd grown on page 19
fin yer pals fae the Special Needs Centre gied ye anither een aa on page 20
y leed in my pincil...it jist needs sharpenin." on page 47
"Listen! Fit she needs is support...an fit she disna on page 74
aa born wi one arsehole - fa needs anither een?" on page 75

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Benzie, Lesley Fessen Reared, (Seahorse 2020 ISBN: 978-1916214538) Doric, poetry
that he needs tae pit on page 20

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Blackhall, Sheena The Quarry, (Lochlands 2007) Doric, prose
sae he maun hae a man-bodie's needs . . . fit the sorra else did
fin oot aboot his tastes, his needs, his likins fur plenishin his
tae pleesure near aa a body's needs, the life-cells war anely gie
e swallae fur his nutritional needs. Naebody noo ett auld-farrand
sweeten him up an wirk on his needs an fears. As they dandered fr
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Leslie, Deborah Bittie aboot oor Doric dialect, (Doric Future 2020) Doric - Inverurie, blog
he profile o oor Scots tongue needs te be raised – te be recogn
1 matches

Hutchison, Pat The Three Cannels, (McStorytellers.com 2017) Doric - Banffshire, prose
in, “Na na quine we aa maun needs tae let things oot fyles!”
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Philips, Cally Gonnae No Dae That, (McStorytellers.com 2017) Doric - Turriff, prose
se wha huv decided that Scots needs tae be ‘standardised’. Ay
1 matches

Blackhall, Sheena Jessie the Jumbo And other Bairn Tales in Scots, (Smashwords 2014) Doric - Aberdeen, weans
“Div ye think Mrs Scott needs a wash?” speired Geordie Br
1 matches

@DoricPhrases tweeted
Puir wife telt bi dentist she needs 3 fillings sae ah got her the(2016) search twitter
e a richt mockit wifie - she needs tae gie oor hoosie a guid cla(2016) search twitter
Wick loon is affa feejee, he needs tae ging tae Balmedie Beach a(2019) search twitter

@FaeFoggie tweeted
eve @DoricPhrases Ats mochit! Needs ti be een o yon curly straas.(2019) search twitter
ken fit I look like. He jist needs ti look fir q bleezin loon we(2019) search twitter
up i ither day on ma peecee. Needs a bitty mair work. Nae feenis(2019) search twitter

@beast_afc tweeted
ds back sooner. @CormackDavie needs tae be smart and appeal only (2020) search twitter
@ScotlandNT Hanlon just needs tae listen tae Consi. He'll t(2020) search twitter
all up @Ryanp0rteous_ . Consi needs a good bog warmer.(2020) search twitter
@AberdeenFC Deano needs to ging back tae hazelheed ac(2020) search twitter
@AberdeenFC Aye, needs tae be HEED FIRST(2020) search twitter

@cligeey tweeted
@TheHornyHaggis That loon needs a face covering(2020) search twitter
oot then Ma o level geography needs work(2020) search twitter

@Franwella tweeted
@LouiseNicol1 son needs a slap! Ma leathr jkt smells (2011) search twitter
either the colour on ma telly needs adjusted or Chris T's looking(2011) search twitter

@fittiecrooners tweeted
detour tae the Fittie Bar but needs it tae mak her sponge cake th(2016) search twitter
looming yapping clown barmaid needs tae sell kebabs after 10pm in(2019) search twitter
nicht! Ma heeds like huggis, needs n tatties the day! Bert & mas(2020) search twitter
coming or gan. Fit this idiot needs is a night oot with cronies h(2020) search twitter


Baikie, R. M. Mair Fairming Tales, (Baikie 2000 ISBN: 978-0953156412) Orkney - Hackland, prose
beuys tinks thoo no, this pig needs tae be weighed!", on page 77
An whin thoo needs tae tak them in, thoo really on page 88

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Parkin, Hazel Seven Year O Yule Days, (H and M Parkins 2002 ISBN: 978-0954363505) Orkney, poetry
That sheep-fence still needs mendeen and the paets must st on page 11
"D'you think he needs a doctor?" the pleasant wifie on page 21
o spit and polish. Hid cheust needs a wumman's touch." on page 25
Thee needs cam first and mine cam last! on page 28
Progress - Wha needs it? on page 44
Also on pages 47, 56, 77
10 matches


Greig, Charles A Shetland Bible, (Saint Andrew Press 2009 ISBN: 978-0715209158) Shetland - Lerwick, prose
an pitten me tae da fock dat needs a haand. He's pitten me wi g on page 61
Gie ta idders dat needs a haand, on page 163

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Sutherland, Hazel Biggin Da Dess, (Shetland For Wirds 2004) Shetland, prose
er, like hospital corners. It needs just da right narrowin o da s
1 matches

Cumming, John Kirsten, (Shetland For Wirds 2006) Shetland, prose
ta naebody. Whin I jimp, hit needs nae towt - lik a fyshermen c
1 matches

Williamson, Christie Guide, (Shetland For Wirds 2010) Shetland, poetry
du needs ta fin dy wye,
du needs dy bairn
2 matches

@RedValkyrie84 tweeted
reachin oot fur help when du needs it x (2018) twitter link


Rodger, Matt The Borth’ick Waitter, (SCOTS Corpus 2003) Southern - Roxburgh, prose
cott o the Ludge’s domestic needs
providing fur thair families needs, keepit fock juist gey thrang
2 matches


Ulster-Scots Language Society Tha Fower Gospels, (Ullans Press 2016 ISBN: 978-1-905281-25-1) Ulster, prose
ïm aff, sayin, "It's me that needs tae be baptised bi you, an yo on page 3
"It ïs no thaim that's weel needs a docteér, but thaim that's on page 9
he'll rise an gie hïm aa he needs. An A say: ax an ït wull be on page 89

3 matches

Reynolds, Charlie Krisamas time is draa’in near, (Ullans Speakers Association 2011) Ulster - Coleraine, prose
mper on tha weans an aa thaur needs - because A yince wus a wean
1 matches

@OrangRuth tweeted
It’s a disgrace. Thon hair needs peroxide badly...and a trip t(2018) search twitter
@dli_odoir @kokotheflegger He needs a Leeds shirt to carry aff th(2018) search twitter

@TheFarrierPhil tweeted
When your neighbor needs help and they ask what to do (2021) twitter link

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