Vocabulary of Scots (Scots)

Nouns, definite articles, plurals

1.    mother           mither, the mither, mithers
2.    father           faither, the faither, faithers
3.    sister           sister, the sister, sisters
4.    brother           brither, the brither, brithers
5.    daughter           dochter, the dochter, dochters
6.    son           son, the son, sons


For God sae luved the warld at he gied his ae an ane Son, at
ilkane at believes in him mayna perish but hae eternal life.


For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.

The Bible, John, 3, 16

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1.    water           watter, the watter
2.    fire           fire, the fire, fires
3.    sun           sun, the sun
4.    moon           muin, the muin, muins
5.    wind           win, the win, wins
6.    rain           rain, the rain, rains


1.    one           ane
2.    two           twa
3.    three           three
4.    four           fower
5.    five           five
6.    six           sax


Gie us our breid for this incomin day.

Give us today our daily bread.
The Bible, Matthew, 6, 11

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1.    cat           cat, the cat, cats
2.    dog           dog, the dog, dogs
3.    horse           horse, the horse, horse
4.    cow           coo, the coo, kye
5.    fish           fish, the fish, fishes
6.    bird           burd, the burd, burds
7.    tree           tree, the tree, trees
8.    flower           flooer, the flooer, flooers


Here begins the Gospel o Jesus Christ.

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
The Bible, Mark, 1,1

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1.    white           white
2.    black           black
3.    red           reid
4.    green           green
5.    yellow           yella
6.    blue           blue
7.    grey           gray
8.    brown           broon


Ey dae til ithers een as ye wad hae them dae til yoursels.

Do to others as you would have them do to you.
The Bible, Luke, 6,31

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Honour thy faither an thy mither; Thou sal luve thy neipour as thysel.

Honour your father and mother; and love your neighbour as yourself.
The Bible, Matthew, 19,19

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Luve is patientfu; luve is couthie an kind;
luve is nane jailous; nane sprosie; nane bowdent wi pride;
nane mislaired; nane hamedrauchtit; nane toustie.
Luve keeps nae nickstick o the wrangs it drees.


Love is patient and kind;
it is not jealous or conceited or proud;
love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable;
love does not keep a record of wrongs.

The Bible, 1 Corinthians, 13,4-5

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Syne he said tae Jesus, “Hae mind on me, Jesus, whan ye come intil your Kingdom” ;
an Jesus answert, “Atweill, I tell ye, this day ye s’ be wi me in Paradise.”


Then he [the man on the cross next to Him] said "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
He replied, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise."

The Bible, Luke 23,42-43

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Early Scots

Middle Scots (1450 - 1700)
Early Scots (1150 - 1450)
Old Northumbrian (800 A.D. - 1150)

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