It sometimes takes a while before you notice something dying out before you. We’re in the middle of introducing Scots Lang book studies. I had an interesting conversation with Primary 6 today who felt Scots was something spoken elsewhere in Scotland – maybe on the Islands or in the middle of Glasgow. Few had relatives or knew anyone who talked using Scots words. We were reading Hercules in pretty easy to understand Scots. They felt it was a bit like those poems they learn around January for our Burns afternoon. After discussing this for a while we also discovered no one knew what a caber was, which was used to describe Hercules’ arms.
I’m saddened that something so important to our history and culture is disappearing as a normal part of every day life. I’m glad we’re doing these book studies though!