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Project encourages north-east residents to tweet their favourite Doric word

The top 100 words tweeted will be turned into an artwork to celebrate Aberdeen's cultural diversity.

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A project aiming to raise the profile of the north-east's descriptive dialect has been launched.

The distinctive Doric dialect, or mither tongue as it is affectionately, known is most commonly heard in the fishing and farming communities of rural Aberdeenshire.

As part of the 100 words Doric project the public are being invited to tweet their favourite Doric word.

Doric enthusiast Robert Lovie said: “You’ve got Northumbrian Anglo Saxon words, you've got old Scots words which you will hear in Robert Burns quite a lot coming through.

“You’ve got words coming down from Scandinavia, from the Gaelic and from Dutch, and what is happened is they have been stirred all together and left 200 years to mature and what has come out at other end is this lovely rich Doric language we speak and use every day.”

Now champions of the dialect have launched a search to discover our 100 favourite Doric words.

Concerned they have lost their mither tongues some Aberdonians are taking part in a workshop to learn and share the Doric dialect.

Marlene Milne said: “You fell into a pattern yourself of not thinking it was quite the right thing to do. So by the time you grow up a bit you were trying. I worked in a shop and wanted to talk a bit nicer.”

Doreen Watson added: “Our mothers really didn’t encourage us to speak Aberdeen. We used to go round the playground saying 'how now brown cow’.”

The top 100 words tweeted will be turned into an artwork to celebrate Aberdeen's cultural diversity, but enthusiasts say it important we do not just tweet the words but we know what they actually mean.

Tweet your favourite words to @100wordsABDN.

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