Scots Threip  

There is a very effective standard for Scots in Scotland -
the Double Standard.

Scots Threip consists of writings of my own on the Scots Language. It started as a place to put them so that I could refer to them in forum discussions. Many of the articles are in Scots as they were written either for Scots forums or Lallans magazine.

Links to the materials on the site are in the

Links to the sub-categories in the Site Guide are in the sidebar to the left, and the buttons in the top navigation bar enable you to go quickly to the main categories of Home, Site Guide, Concepts, and Dictionary of the Scots Language, the main online Scots dictionary website.

For an insight into the outlook of the site, look first at this short Introduction, then at this Introductory RAQ (Rarely Answered Questions), and then the rest of the materials in the Introductory section. Also, the Concepts page contains links to short articles which effectively summarise the viewpoint of the site. All of these are in English. Uncredited quotations are by myself.

Because the website is constantly under development, internal URLs may change.

I can be contacted here

John M. Tait.

'Scotland has the distinction, perhaps uniquely in the world, of having a language which is deliberately preserved in its traditional less-than-respectable state so that largely English-speaking writers from the cities of the Central Belt can turn to it at need to describe the urban deprivation which lies at the heart of the most commended recent Scottish literature.'
John M. Tait.

'An' what was richt and wrang for me
Lies mangled throu'ther.'
Robert Louis Stevenson, The Maker to Posterity, v.1.

'Scots hings on spellin whither wi like it or no - an that bi the erse o the breeks.'
John M. Tait, in a auld letter tae my umwhile freend, John Law.

'As far as Scots in Scotland is concerned, incompetence is the standard
against which everything else is judged.
John M. Tait, here.

'...the unique way in which the debate is framed makes Scotland a tremendously
 important place to study for scholars of language ideology.'
James Costa here

'No man bothers his mind with small matters unless he has some very good reason for doing so.'
Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet, ch. 2.