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Use in varieties of Scots

Dialect map - Usage over time
numb Corpus occurrences Lallans / Central Doric / Northern Orkney Shetland Southern Ulster
Occurences normalised per million words8.9 8.8 5.3 0 20.6 0 19.6
Number of occurrences169 2 0 2 0 3
Number of authors12 6 2 2 2

Occurrences of numb in Corpus

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Burnett, Colin A Working Class State of Mind, (Piermont 2021 ISBN: 978-1914090158) Lallans - East Coast, prose
Ma boady feels numb wae shock. Ah mean yae hear r on page 49
a anxiety induced boady feels numb wae increasin nerves. But the on page 54
ein high wis the only wey tae numb the bitter pain ae reality. K on page 90
s ah wis stood in the kitchen numb wae fear. on page 186

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Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 167, (self-published 2007) Lallans, newspaper
in the air then A noticed hou numb ma fingers wis. But ach! For
1 matches

Bennett, Peter The Bothy (Part Two), (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
McDade but ma senses ur still numb. He saved ma life, ay that ah
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McKillop, Roger The Staff, (McStorytellers.com 2015) Lallans - Edinburgh, prose
An’ erse aw’ numb an’ sair!
1 matches

Crawford, Ross Awa in a Dwam, (Medium 2021) Lallans - Stirling, prose
attle and dirl. But Ailsa wis numb tae it aw, apart fae the whis
1 matches

Kurtoglu, Wulf Braken Fences, (Caroline Macafee 2011 ISBN: B006JE3UQW) Lallans, prose
usly allooin his erm tae gang numb, feedin the fire, an reflecti
1 matches


Leslie, Deborah Doric - Hale an Hairty, (Argo Publishing 2011 ISBN: 978-0954615345) Doric - Inverurie, prose
eyn o his nose; his teeth wa numb an his legs felt like rubber. on page 60

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Shearer, Gillian Skitin Oan Thin Ice, (northwordsnow.co.uk 2019) Doric - Alford, prose
n that lang his dowp hid gaed numb. He keekit up aat the pulpit.
1 matches


Graham, Laurence Flans Frae Da Haaf, (Shetland For Wirds 2000) Shetland, poetry
Come cauld black tochts at numb da hert
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@RedValkyrie84 tweeted
hole right side o my mouth is numb and its spread up to my nose (2019) twitter link


Burgess, Wilson Dae Ye See: Ulster-Scots Poems, (Scots Language Centre 2007 ISBN: 978-0955791604) Ulster - L'Derry, poetry
Mae han's is numb, mae feet is caul, on page 5
Algebra, mae brain wint numb, on page 35

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Campbell, Robert Lock Doon Poyams, (Independently 2021 ISBN: 979-8742155812) Ulster, poetry
mae hands are numb an heid ait aches on page 48

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