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Use in varieties of Scots

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nivver Corpus occurrences Lallans / Central Doric / Northern Orkney Shetland Southern Ulster
Occurences normalised per million words294.6 154.3 739.3 1094.7 205.9 79 32.6
Number of occurrences529158 280 59 20 7 5
Number of authors54 19 19 5 7 2 2

Occurrences of nivver in Corpus

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Lallans

McHardy, Stuart The Wey Forrit, (Luath 2017 ISBN: 978-1912147014) Lallans, prose
chtin the SNP at ivvery turn, nivver mind onie resultin hairm tae on page 8
t in the wound. The SNP micht nivver be capable o bein a true radi on page 9
Westminster isnae nou, an his nivver been, an actual democratic sy on page 10
Tory, ye micht mind them that nivver mind whit Wee Shoutie an the on page 11
that tell theirsels lees will nivver see ithers"' truth nae maitte on page 13
Also on pages 14, 17, 20, 28, 30, 36, 37, 42, 43, 44, 50, 52, 54, 58, 60, 61, 62, 66, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 84, 85, 90, 94, 95, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 104, 111, 112, 113, 116, 121, 123, 147
62 matches

McHardy, Stuart Speakin o Dundee: Tales Tellt Aroun the Toun, (Luath 2010 ISBN: 978-1-906817-25-1) Lallans - Dundee, prose
ill hae faimlie there an will nivver forget whaur A'm fae. on page 9
ic, fer instance we'll likely nivver ken gin Alpin, faither tae Ke on page 10
hing aboot the past is ye cin nivver really be shair, cin ye? An i on page 16
ish Channel at the same time. Nivver mind that the British Navy ha on page 25
Howivver Sterling an Low had nivver heard tell o onie o these fow on page 27
Also on pages 28, 38, 49, 50, 55, 57, 58, 59, 60, 63, 64, 68, 75, 85, 87, 89, 90, 92, 97, 100, 101, 102, 109, 110, 111, 119, 126, 128
39 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 103, (self-published 2002) Lallans, newspaper
o Empire on whilk the sun wad nivver set - bit the day's politici
as aabody kens, ignorance his nivver been a hindrance tae advancem
2 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 178, (self-published 2008) Lallans, newspaper
pey day thae young jyners "...nivver gied a bugger for ony screive
1 matches

Forde, Iain W D Taid o that Ilk (excerpt), (Fons Scotiae 2009) Lallans, prose
ege o a weill stowed wattir. Nivver in hiz lyfe hed he sein a wat
s agane. “Dae ye ken, A hae nivver bene in a boit afoir i aw ma
cryed the Mouss, gantin: “Nivver bene in a – ye nivver – w
bene in a – ye nivver – weill A – whitlik ye be
sumwhaurs els, ir whedder ye nivver git oniewhaurs avaw, ye’r a
8 matches

Forde, Iain W D Hale Ir Sindries - Buik Twa, (Fons Scotiae 2000) Lallans, prose
es ower mich fur Mirren. Shae nivver grat sin bairnheid, bot nou w
The quastioun o Ulster nivver bene awnsert an cam agane ti
“We nivver sein a leivin sowel onie o th
ll-tashit dungaries. He sayed nivver a wird as a mukkil blak
Nivver ye mynd, Stir,’ sayed the g
12 matches

Malgrati, Paul Ayont the Fake and the Leal: Let's Free the Leid, (Bella Caledonia 2018) Lallans, blog
ness. (Coorse, sic uphaud wis nivver intendit tae gie Scots fu cre
1 matches

Mc Rae, Thomas The Neep Lantern, (Lowdown-L 2009) Lallans - Central, prose
tae an awfy endin’ an’ we nivver went guysin’ again.
an’ we wiz aw taen hame. We nivver saw Dominie Duncan efter that
oot whoat we hud seen. But we nivver went guysin’ again. No lang
3 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 174, (self-published 2008) Lallans - Musselburgh, newspaper
Stag (Stewart Cairns) that's nivver seen his faither an thinks he
edaes creates an atmosphere o nivver-endin broodin nicht time. The
2 matches

Chalmers, Aimee Lallans 59 - Joukene Poukerie, (Lallans Magazine 2004) Lallans - Fife, prose
ae talk like that. His family nivver even went tae the kirk.
1 matches

Connor, Charles P. Lallans 59 - The Queen’s Shull’n, (Lallans Magazine 2004) Lallans - Fife, prose
iffed watchcloth. Wullie cuid nivver mind o seem hes Faither is ro
w hes aicht yeirs, WuIIie’d nivver haen is muckle’s a skelpit
Wullie’s Mither nivver drank, nivver smoked an the c
drank, nivver smoked an the closest she cam
ejycin. Thon Inglish crew’s nivver happy bar thai’r slaigerin
6 matches

Purdie, David C. Lallans 59 - Boswell’s Coort, (Lallans Magazine 2004) Lallans - Edinburgh, poetry
we nivver haed nae cuisine – nouveau
we nivver gied a bugger for ony screive
2 matches

Purdie, David C. Lallans 59 - Sanct Hub’s, (Lallans Magazine 2004) Lallans - Edinburgh, poetry
Wullie, the Christian, nivver noticed naethin,
1 matches

Young, Clive Creative Scotland an the sowl o Scots, (The Sair Fecht 2016) Lallans, blog
le. At the hinneren Scots can nivver hae a future ayont the couthi
1 matches

Widmann, Thomas The State o Denmark, (The Sair Fecht 2015) Lallans, blog
ts insteid. Hooaniver, it wis nivver taen awfu seriouslie by maist
en unco successful — it’s nivver been in pooer, but the ither
2 matches

Mackintosh, Henrietta A Tale o Twa Leids: Gaelic, Scots an smoorin wi luve, (The Sair Fecht 2015) Lallans, blog
in words o passion an beauty, nivver mind whit they mean? Are lall
1 matches

McClurg, Fernando The Great Divide, (The Sair Fecht 2015) Lallans, blog
pushed strangly. But it haes nivver been unner sic threat as it i
1 matches

Ewen, Allan Pairt Ane: Janus leuks back, (The Sair Fecht 2014) Lallans, blog
t an engaged in politics like nivver afore. The referendum was the
Na voters safety. I certainly nivver experienced sic things on my
2 matches

Macdonald, Ileene Fit’s it aa aboot?, (The Sair Fecht 2014) Lallans, blog
politics in a way that I hiv nivver seen afore in this country. A
1 matches

McClurg, Fernando The USA: Whit happened tae the Guid Guys?, (The Sair Fecht 2014) Lallans, blog
hrough the Cauld War, the USA nivver lat its ain fowk, or the wurl
1 matches

Eunson, Catherine Freude, (The Scores 2020) Lallans, poetry
and if Jim hid nivver bocht thon bottles. Gin we le
1 matches

@mcfarlane_irene tweeted
, "I hae duin a poo and ye'll nivver be able tae fin it!"(2020) search twitter
Sara! That's fair braw! I hae nivver won mair nor a box o shortbre(2018) search twitter
Offense. Onythin wi Rude Bits nivver fails ... Shut Yer Face!(2016) search twitter
years. Echt was the maist. I nivver wantit tae see an ashet o hag(2020) search twitter

@rosa_alba_macd tweeted
her that wad tell my mither “nivver shak hauns wi a Campbell for (2020) search twitter
@scottishbktrust there wis nivver the likes o the Auld Librarie(2020) search twitter

@MizLiot tweeted
e use "wan" oan occasion, but nivver een or ae (except the former (2021) twitter link

@StuartPoet tweeted
punch o ye in aa ye dae Joan, nivver wabbit o yer braw work an yer(2020) search twitter

Doric

Leslie, Deborah Doric - Alive an Kickin, (Argo Publishing 2004 ISBN: 978-0954615314) Doric - Inverurie, prose
Hans at nivver vrockt the grun on page 6
a docter. An noo, weel, Ah'm nivver awa fae the bliddy place." on page 9
cht haein a joke, bit ye jist nivver gie's a meenit's peace." on page 12
sten te Enc gimin oan He jist nivver gits aff ma back. Atween you on page 13
'd steed in dog's dirt. "Ah'v nivver seen onythin se orra in aa ma on page 14
Also on pages 17, 20, 22, 24, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34, 37, 39, 40, 43, 46, 48, 51, 53, 56, 57, 58, 60, 63, 67, 71, 74, 75, 78, 79, 80, 81, 83, 85, 88
61 matches

Goodall, Phyllis J. Lallans 59 - Last May a Braw Wooer, (Lallans Magazine 2001) Doric, newspaper
"He wis nivver in favour except in his ain c on page 94

1 matches

Pacitti, Stephen Lallans 81 - Pyntin the Been, (Lallans Magazine 2012) Doric - Aberdeen, newspaper
air wi fowk aa ma life, an Ah nivver thocht Ah'd see this day. An on page 8

8 matches

Leslie, Deborah Doric - Hale an Hairty, (Argo Publishing 2011 ISBN: 978-0954615345) Doric - Inverurie, prose
"Na! Aat'll nivver be. on page 5
wi gid abroad...ye said ye'd nivver dee't again." on page 6
g road fae Inverurie an Ah've nivver bin naewye like aat afore...A on page 7
"Weel, nivver myn, eh? Wi're here noo," sai on page 9
the chine aroon her neck. "Ah nivver expeckit onythin like ess...i on page 18
Also on pages 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 31, 34, 37, 38, 40, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 50, 51, 53, 54, 56, 63, 64, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 78, 79, 80, 82, 83, 84, 86, 90, 91, 92, 95
76 matches

Hay, Gordon M. The Doric New Testament, (Gordon M Hay 2012 ISBN: 978-0957351516) Doric - Banff, prose
Pharisees an e laayers, ye'll nivver win intae hivven. on page 11
e A'lI tell them straicht, 'A nivver kent ye, get oot o ma sicht, on page 15
angel, "Foo can iss be? A've nivver lain wi a man." Says the ange on page 80
auchty-fower eer aul. She wis nivver oot o e Temple, bit wirshippt on page 83
burn e caff in a fire att'Il nivver gyang oot." on page 84
Also on pages 90, 92, 93, 94, 98, 102, 107, 112, 115, 118, 119
20 matches

Benzie, Lesley Fessen Reared, (Seahorse 2020 ISBN: 978-1916214538) Doric, poetry
that there has nivver been on page 19
she has nivver kent. on page 28
An alarm wis nivver necessary. on page 30
nivver felt in the closes rinnin wi on page 32

5 matches

Shepherd, Robbie Harknin tae the braw souns, (John Benjamin 2000) Doric, newspaper
"Na, they nivver got as far's the kitchen!"
1 matches

Wheeler, Leslie Brockit, the Ferm Toon Cat, (Grampian Regional Council 2000) Doric, weans
He'd nivver been tae a live game at ony o
1 matches

Smith, Alex A Sair Fecht, (self-published 2003) Doric, prose
ry, noo o days like this I'll nivver tire,
awa". Jonsar Eck nivver said a word bit thocht tae hi
queazy. The Wee Wifie nivver said a word. Weel here we go
hty odd year auld an, she hid nivver seen a pair
ll I tak em back?" Jonsar hid nivver seen
19 matches

Smith, Alex A Fer Chauve, (self-published 2005) Doric, prose
News, the twa o them nivver stopped spikkin. As Muggie go
shook her heid an nivver said a word.
tae the door efter that an he nivver
P.S. Jonsar Eck nivver got gooseberry crumble again.
, yon lad feedin the mull his nivver worked on a thrashin mull
12 matches

Blackhall, Sheena The Quarry, (Lochlands 2007) Doric, prose
nur reared – bit there wis nivver ony dearth o siller tae gie t
he standards o her fiers. She nivver sleepit wi ony loon on the fi
2 matches

Strachan, Shane Standing Stone, (northwordsnow.co.uk 2016) Doric, prose
‘I nivver asked for their peety! I coul
1 matches

Johnson, Mary Lallans 59 - Kieran an Aidan, (Lallans Magazine 2004) Doric - Aberdeenshire, prose
e ragie win. Addy and me hid nivver been sae feart, nivver in Tho
been sae feart, nivver in Thon Place. Bit aat nicht,
i me. Caa’ed me names I’d nivver heard afore. Aa your wyte! Aa
3 matches

Johnson, Mary Lallans 59 - Furst Time, (Lallans Magazine 2004) Doric - Aberdeenshire, prose
s it! Effect an entry!” Key nivver kent whin ye wir takin the mi
1 matches

Hutchison, Pat The Three Cannels, (McStorytellers.com 2017) Doric - Banffshire, prose
He wiz glaid now that he’d nivver spoken aboot the things he’
nin shippie aa ower again. He nivver spoke aboot it, only funny th
ew in the last yin for he wiz nivver the same aifter it and noo he
y nervous wiz she for she’d nivver met Beannie Rannie an only he
airtedly teen a bite. She’d nivver thocht foo little she’d bee
10 matches

Hutchison, Pat Catty, (McStorytellers.com 2017) Doric - Banffshire, prose
ate in the gweedroom that wiz nivver used these days. Mabel fulled
so added tae that. Her mither nivver in the best o health hid teen
lable that she thocht she’d nivver manage tae stop. Aa the traum
e were on the scene, they’d nivver seen onything like this afore
s inside fin he wished he’d nivver mocked the young policeman. T
5 matches

The Mannie Fae Unco The Diary o a Feel at the Skweel, (unco.scot 2021) Doric, prose
intae a bit o the skweel I'd nivver been inside afore that lay an
an the Lee Enfield rifles. I nivver tellt onybody aboot my find b
front o fowk but because I'd nivver noo get ma haans on the tin h
n Lee Enfields. An ken thes I nivver did! An that stell rankles ev
4 matches

Hutchison, Pat Tarrarra boomby ae, This is my dying day, (McStorytellers.com 2017) Doric - Banffshire, prose
z in war and it seemed he’d nivver kent onything else. Faces swa
1 matches

Hutchison, Pat The Tabby Sooker, (McStorytellers.com 2017) Doric - Banffshire, prose
omething else entirely. I hiv nivver smoked in my life an canna st
eamed oot o ma but the driver nivver even heard ma. It wisna until
2 matches

@d_anderson878 tweeted
A'll bet ye nivver cried it that fan ye wirkit d(2020) search twitter
nks. Ilka day's a skweel day. Nivver did pit in a gibby - A'll ha(2020) search twitter
Nivver. A day wi ice cream's a day w(2020) search twitter

@Doric_Bananaman tweeted
ck fur thon teuchter muso's? #Nivver(2016) search twitter

@DoricPhrases tweeted
Ye ah'll nivver guess whilk dolphin ah shall (2014) search twitter
Nivver sit neist tae twaa or mair au(2014) search twitter
gypit puddock ringtone - ye nivver hear fae the loon these days!(2017) search twitter
Och, the quine is nivver saired noo she wants a new ki(2017) search twitter
Fit wye div ye nivver see a mannie sellin Encyclopa(2018) search twitter
and 7 other occurrences.

@FaeFoggie tweeted
k in hospital on mi 40th too. Nivver got a cake tho. Ended up gett(2019) search twitter
owie. She wis at guid, yi wid nivver ken it hid been cut(2019) search twitter
@alfordbrad Yiv nivver been wi Doris's sister Edith.(2019) search twitter
for beein colourblin. Ragin' nivver mine. Got i best jobbie ivver(2019) search twitter
n it. Bit mingin.....nit, ats nivver a guid thing.(2019) search twitter
and 2 other occurrences.

@Manuforti1968 tweeted
pinkie. Hiv tae confess I've nivver tried yon eens, I'm hardly iv(2020) search twitter
are fae e' Byron bakery. Wiz nivver a fan o Chalmers een's.(2019) search twitter
ejoiner Some eese min. ?????? Nivver dein draabore mortice and ten(2020) search twitter
oot the answers, obviously ye nivver heard mi.(2020) search twitter
878 Ilcky day's a skweel day. Nivver kent ah't. Nae ony in ma gair(2019) search twitter
and 17 other occurrences.

@JamieFairbairn1 tweeted
orlin, yellowhammer. 'They've nivver heard the yorlin's song nor s (2020) twitter link
nor a year an A wis thinkin A nivver wid. Went aboot my daily busi (2021) twitter link

Orkney

Parkin, Hazel Seven Year O Yule Days, (H and M Parkins 2002 ISBN: 978-0954363505) Orkney, poetry
it's that fur?" His questions nivver end. on page 14
n hid's aal me faalt, weel, I nivver haard such bruck. on page 15
Jimmack nivver gaed oot efter dark any more on page 16
The barley's nivver grown ava - hid maks me want on page 20
A Woman's Wark is Nivver Deun on page 23
Also on pages 30, 32, 35, 37, 38, 39, 42, 44, 46, 50, 51, 52, 53, 55, 57, 58, 63, 64, 66, 72, 74, 79, 83
35 matches

Hall, Simon W. The Boy That Lived - Chapter Wan, (Brisk Northerly 2015) Orkney, prose
ie boy as weel, but they haed nivver even seen him. This lad wis a
red owerheid. Most o them had nivver even seen a cattie-face, even
phew wis called Harry. He’d nivver even seen the boy. It might o
ranger. He also thowt he haed nivver been caaled a Muggle, whitivv
maginan things, which he haed nivver hoped afore, becis he didna a
11 matches

Giles, Harry Josephine An Excerpt From Deep Wheel Orcadia: A Future Fantasy, (The Bottle Imp 2019) Orkney, poetry
says “Hid’s nivver thoo?” The body
1 matches

Hall, Simon W. No the Six o Clock News, (Bella Caledonia 2016) Orkney, blog
least peedie bit o a cringe, nivver mind any sense o cultural inf
1 matches

Giles, Harry Josephine WHIT TAE WRITE NOU?, (https://harryjosephine.com/ 2015) Orkney, blog
r language is merkid, hid’s nivver cheust aboot hou ye see hid y
Orcadian aboot things ye’d nivver itherweys o wrote aboot.
2 matches

Forkin, Ellen Sea o Dunder, (Orkney Heritage Society 2010) Orkney, poetry
You wid nivver tell
1 matches

@peediepuss tweeted
n_nisbet @seanelderw Did thoo nivver hae supper? For us hid wis a (2020) twitter link
ach95 We dinna hae it an' wur nivver haen it tae ony size. Hid aye (2021) twitter link
tooedselkie @molach95 Aye hid nivver teuk reut hereaboots. Am hard (2021) twitter link
kie @johnkmitchinson Beuy, am nivver thowt aboot yin till this ver (2021) twitter link
aboot hands wae Bonxies, but nivver been really hit by wan. Skoot(2020) search twitter
and 2 other occurrences.

Shetland

MacInnes, Morag Archipelagos : Poems from Writing the North, (University of Edinburgh 2014 ISBN: 978-0-7486-9755-7) Shetland, poetry
reliable, moon nivver wance shinan on page 19
shuttan oot?' (nivver a word o on page 20

2 matches

Cumming, John Da Whillie, (Shetland For Wirds 2010) Shetland, prose
s weel on anidder day, bit we nivver tried. Onywye, dat day, dat y
instructions tae him, bit he nivver opened his sheeks.
t took wis ta Scallowa, an he nivver preeved maet; nivver lat up;
preeved maet; nivver lat up; an no a wird oot o hi
4 matches

Cumming, John Kirsten, (Shetland For Wirds 2006) Shetland, prose
tae hit lik a duick ta water, nivver looket back.
, an Ah'm tinkin it's wheer I nivver heard o her afore.
wi it. Whin ill luck comes I nivver saa da sense in distressin id
ys. 'Du doesna kaen. I should nivver a said onything. '
4 matches

De Luca, Christine St Ninian's Isle, (Shetland For Wirds 2002) Shetland, poetry
Eence here, dey nivver could a left: trist slaked
1 matches

Sandison, Iris Da Tree Peerie Grice, (Shetland For Wirds 2002) Shetland, weans
an da Muckle Weekit Wolf wis nivver seen again.
1 matches

Laurenson, Hannah Lisa Da Maa's Eggs, (Hands Up For Trad 2019) Shetland, prose
d on tae Dad’s back. I’ll nivver firgit da feeling at da bodde
last bowsy he geed wis aa, we nivver kent he widna be returning.
2 matches

Facebook link (I Hear Dee 2021) Shetland - Shetland
hoosumivver, alang wi Scots, nivver wittered tagidder da twa ende
"døless", dey ir trøtlin - nivver leet een at comes wi dat!

@tattooedselkie tweeted
aid! A peerie scaar mair o it nivver does ony een ony hairm. https(2021) search twitter
niesaurus Weel said you pair! Nivver you mind whit ony een says.(2021) search twitter
When somebody you're nivver broken breath wi adds you tae(2021) search twitter
@DerickfaeYell Yis, dey nivver used tae encourage it in da s(2021) search twitter

Southern

Niven, Liz Stravaigin, (Luath 2001 ISBN: 978-1905222704) Southern, poetry
An nivver hid the chance tae write like on page 1

1 matches

Rodger, Matt The Borth’ick Waitter, (SCOTS Corpus 2003) Southern - Roxburgh, prose
nivver tuik his bonnet aff i the hoo
e Snoot) faither. Mynd yow, A nivver
nivver drank speerits. Ma faither dr
e i the late 1940’s. A’ve nivver kent the rael connection atwe
i sum concern or anither, yin nivver herd ae coorse wurd ooten his
6 matches

Ulster

McDonald, Fiona Frae Cowie's Cragg, (Ulster-Scots Academy Press 2021 ISBN: B0949GXX7K) Ulster, poetry
. A owe it tae hur, fur A wud nivver hae gat ye tae get aa thaim n on page 19

1 matches

Ulster Scots Agency Ulster Scots Census, (census.gov.uk 2021) Ulster, government
Sing’l (nivver merriet an nivver in a ceevil pairtnerie)
ay Ilka sennicht No sae affen Nivver
ay Ilka sennicht No sae affen Nivver
3 matches

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