Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Scottish Joke

I came across this on LOLCATS tonight and it reminded me of something.

funny pictures of cats with captions

There was a television series some years ago called Scotland on Film which consisted of clips from the Scottish Screen Achive interspersed with clips of people talking about the themes covered. They had tracked down some of the people who were in the clips as children, and got them to talk about what they remembered. It was very interesting and also sometimes very funny.

One woman was reminiscing about a gossip in her town who was the butcher's wife, in the days when game used to hang outside butchers' shop windows, pheasants and droopy rabbits. She said that the wife had a grand view from the shop of everything that was going on - 'keekin' oot atween the rabbits' erses'.

I expect the rest of you can do the translation.

It's worth going to the Archive link and searching on 'knitting' and so on. This is a film from 1939 about rooing, this has a moment of knitting at the beginning, and this is a lovely ad about the virtues of the Knitmaster knitting machine - the women don't sound very Scottish to me, or if they are, they're awfy genteel.


Raveller said...

Eh, Brilliant, Helen! So that's rooing!

Did you see this one in which a woman is blocking her shawl?

Knitting Linguist said...
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Knitting Linguist said...

P.S. Thanks for the link to Knitterguy; I think we linguists must share a collective unconscious of some sort...