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Concise Scots Dictionary

Second Edition

Scottish Language Dictionaries

Edition: 2


The bestselling Scots dictionary, substantially revised and updated

First published in 1985, the Concise Scots Dictionary offers a comprehensive single-volume reference. This new edition is the result of thirty years’ research and has been revised and updated throughout to reflect modern Scots usage, alongside coverage of older Scots. Combining accessible style, clear layout and durable hardback format, this is a user-friendly and robust dictionary that you can turn to again and again for reference and enjoyment.

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Scottish Language Dictionaries is the quintessential research organisation for the Scots Language. They are responsible for the major dictionaries of the Scots Language and undertake a wide range of educational outreach work with people of all ages and abilities.


The entries make fascinating reading, and some are further enlivened by accompanying idioms. 'A sarkfu o sair banes' is 'a person stiff or sore from hard labour or from a beating' ('sark', a shirt or shift, since the 14th century, from Old English serc and Old Norse serkr). Summing Up: Recommended.

- W. Miller, emeritus, Florida Atlantic University , Choice

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