Scots is a Germanic language. Or possibly a dialect of English. It is spoken by about a hundred thousand people in Scotland. Or possibly over a million.
The boundary between English and Scots is blurry, as a lot of people code-switch, or speak in a form that combines Scots and “English English”.
They say a language is a dialect with an army and navy, so watch this space for further updates. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proposed_second_Scottish_independence_referendum)
Here’s a snippet of Matthew 1, in Scots:
This is the storie o the birth o Jesus Christ. His mither Mary wis trystit til Joseph, but afore they war mairriet she wis fund tae be wi bairn bi the Halie Spírit.
Those who speak Scots commonly use standard English spelling for the most part. Someone in Aberdeen will say [tø ðə rəitər], someone from South London will say [tuː və ɹɒɪʔə], but they’ll both write “to the writer”.
Lately however there appears to be a tendency, or even movement, for Scottish people to use a bit of Scots spelling, or spelling indicative of Scots pronunciations, on social media.
Some examples from the wild:
Ye ever wanty just wrap yersel up in tin foil nice and cosy and then just fucking get inty the microwave and then blow yersel up tae fuck
(Note that cannyswim means “can’t swim”. “Wanty” and “inty” aren’t traditional Scots spelling but are indicating “want tae” and “intae”.)
Nae idea how folk can drink fizzy juice aw day. A had a litre bottle a Irn Bru earlier n ma teeth felt like they were wearing cardigans
("A" means “I”, again just an indication of pronunciation rather than traditional Scots spelling.)
I deh trust the dentist when they start talking in code about your teeth to their wee pal, you got suhin to say say it to ma face prick
In some Scots dialects, /θ/ is realised as [h].
Just seen a bird shoutin at her bairn to put his pants on then pointed at me sayin ‘look the mans gonna steal ur willy’. Wtf no am no
“Am” = “I’m”. The second “no” means “not”.
Hate when sum1 follows you on insta n is private so U have to follow them n it turns out there in love wae horses and dae rapid shoutouts