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The word 'ale'

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Use in varieties of Scots

Dialect map - Usage over time
aleOccurrences normalised per million wordsOccurrencesAuthors
Total Corpus16.24215
ORK - Orkney 52.6 5 4
SHD - Shetland 17.5 3 1
TON - Tonge
NNB - North Northern B (Caithness)
NNA - North Northern A (Black Isle)
MNA - Mid Northern A 31 8 3
MNB - Mid Northern B
SNO - South Northern
ABN - Aberdeen
DOR - General Northern
NEC - North East Central
SEC - (South) East Central
WCE - West Central
DUN - Dundee 21.5 2 2
EDN - Edinburgh
GLA - Glasgow
AYR - Ayrshire
LAL - General Central 5.1 3 3
SEA - South East (Borders)
SWE - South West (Galloway) 23.1 1 1
DUL - Donegal (East Donegal)
WUL - West Ulster (Letterkenny / L'Derry)
CUL - Coleraine Ulster (North Antrim)
BUL - Ballymena Ulster (Mid Antrim) 1766.8 20 1
SUL - South Antrim (Between Sixmilewater and Belfast)
BEL - Eastern Ulster (Belfast)
PUL - Peninsular Ulster (Ards)
EUL - East Antrim (Larne)
GUL - General Ulster
SYN - Synthetic (no region)

Occurrences of ale in Corpus

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Parkins, Hazel Seven Year O Yule Days, (H and M Parkins 2002 ISBN: 978-0954363505) Orkney, poetry
Fur talent contests, yards o ale and bonnie babies tae. on page 29

1 matches

Bruce, Lorraine Gousters, Glims and Veerie-orums, (Orkney Voices 2021 ISBN: 9780956661661) Orkney, poetry
annos and lochs o home brewed ale on page 91

1 matches

Butler, Vera Gousters, Glims and Veerie-orums, (Orkney Voices 2021 ISBN: 9780956661661) Orkney, poetry
cloot an poored them all some ale. But the two last cups took a on page 76

2 matches

Grieve, Issy Gousters, Glims and Veerie-orums, (Orkney Voices 2021 ISBN: 9780956661661) Orkney, poetry
nan tae find hidden bottles o ale, deep in the face o the bank. on page 60

1 matches


Peterson, George P.S. Nannie Georgedaughter, (Shetland For Wirds 2002) Shetland, prose
en soopit da flör, an footch ale ta da sailor men, an göd abo
me da paetie basket. I sees a ale pig a da boddam o’m. I look
t at shö meent me ta gie dis ale ta poor Hunter, lyin rostin a
3 matches

Mid Northern A

Leslie, Deborah Doric - Alive an Kickin, (Argo Publishing 2004 ISBN: 978-0954615314) Doric - Inverurie, prose
the widdie fir aul returnable ale bottles an git enuch free sma on page 87

1 matches

Leslie, Deborah Doric - Hale an Hairty, (Argo Publishing 2011 ISBN: 978-0954615345) Doric - Inverurie, prose
ieces fae the shop an got the ale larry, an Ah wished my mam wi on page 64

1 matches

Blackhall, Sheena Minnie, (Scots Language Centre 2004) Doric, prose
Dow telt them a drappie warm ale wi sweet spirits o nitre an a
1 matches

Hutchison, Pat The Tabby Sooker, (McStorytellers.com 2017) Doric - Banffshire, prose
rder a half pint o India Pale Ale and slowly move fae ashtray t
1 matches

Hutchison, Pat If I Catch Ye I'll Eat Ye, (McStorytellers.com 2016) Doric - Banffshire, prose
for his nightly visit tae the Ale Hoose far he spent the shilli
e on yer wye tae spend at the Ale Hoose.”
teem, but the thocht that his ale siller wiz at that very momen
3 matches

Blackhall, Sheena Jessie the Jumbo And other Bairn Tales in Scots, (Smashwords 2014) Doric - Aberdeen, weans
n stairs a day, wi comics, an ale, an sweeties. An she LIKIT ga
1 matches


Thomson, Mark Bard fae thi buildin site, (Luath 2007 ISBN: 978-1906307141) Central - Dundee, poetry
ti swally yir ale. on page 4

1 matches

McHardy, Stuart Speakin o Dundee: Tales Tellt Aroun the Toun, (Luath 2010 ISBN: 978-1-906817-25-1) Central - Dundee, prose
crewtaps ~McEwan's India Pale ale, man thon wis rare stuff ~ an on page 73

1 matches

General Central

Milne, W. S. Lallans 78 - Mary, Queen o Scotland, Pairt I, (Lallans Magazine 2011) Central, script
the ale-hooses, I'll scream. on page 35

1 matches

McClure, Derrick J. Lallans 67 - Andra’s Sang, (Lallans Magazine 2005) Central, poetry
e, your bicker's reamin fou o ale: on page 50

1 matches

@rosa_alba_macd tweeted
n honey. I use Nigella's fish ale recipe but add sybes(2020)

South West (Galloway)

McMillan, Hugh Whit If? Scotland's History as it Micht Hiv Bin, (Luath 2021 ISBN: 9781910022900) Central, poetry
ed fund the seecrit o Pictish ale on page 5

1 matches

Ballymena Ulster (Mid Antrim)

Campbell, Robert Lock Doon Poyams, (Independently 2021 ISBN: 979-8742155812) Ulster, poetry
pleasure ale be in tha noo on page 13
Fae ale ye have ais ankle deep on page 14
A million jigsaws ale dumped oot, on page 21
Niver ale thought oot by thee, on page 22
s wunters spread thra saisons ale, on page 24
Also on pages 28, 29, 30, 36, 37, 41, 42, 45, 49
20 matches

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