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Sat Nov 17 12:41:47 CET 2007
Bjoern Schliessmann <usenet-mail-0306.20.chr0n0ss at spamgourmet.com> wrote:
> Benjamin wrote:
>> Python is has duck typing. "If it quacks like a duke, it's duck."
> How do dukes quack, exactly? :)
They quack with a North-eastern Scottish accent of course.
The following excerpt from "Scots: Practical Approaches" should make it
> A. From Scotland the What?, by Buff Hardie, Stephen Robertson and
> George Donald (Gordon Wright, 1987)
> In this comic monologue from 1982, the owner of a toy shop in
> Ballater, near Aberdeen telephones the Princess of Wales to ask what
> her son would like for Christmas.
> Noo, fit wid he like for his Christmas, the loon? Fit aboot a pair o
> fitba beets? Beets. Beets. B-O-O-T-S, beets. Weel, I ken that, but
> hell surely grow intae them. Weel Ill tell ye fit Ive got. Its
> something very suitable. Its oor ain special line in soft toys, and
> it is a cuddly futret. A futret. Div ye nae ken fit a futret is?
> Futret. F-E-R-R-E-T, futret. Now, cuddly futrets is exclusive tae the
> Toy Shop, Ballater. We get them specially made up by a wee wifie, in
> Hong Kong. Oh, an fit a job I hid explainin tae her fit a futret is.
> Ye wid like a futret? Oh well fairly manage ye a futret. Noo fit size
> o a futret wid ye like? Weve got a dinkie futret, a mini futret, a
> life-size futret, a jumbo futret or a mega-futret. Yed like a jumbo
> futret? No, it disnae hae a trunk. No, its got a string that ye pull,
> an it sings Run, Rabbit, Run. Weel, fit else div ye expect a futret
> tae sing? Now is there onythin else the loon wid like? Fit aboot a
> rubber duke...for his bath? A duke. No, no, nae that kinda Duke.
> D-U-C-K, duke. A quack quack duke. Like Donald Duke. Donald Duke. Hes
> a freen o Mickey Moose...Moose...M-O-U-S-E, Moose! God, div ye nae
> understan English, lassie?
> This extract is interesting for a number of reasons. First of all,
> obviously, it illustrates some of the stereotypical features of NE
> Scots: the /f/ phoneme in fit, the /i/ in beets and the /dj/ in
> duke, as in Donald Duke. Other features (such as the /u/ in
> moose are shared with most other varieties of Scots. One obvious way
> of approaching this text would be to ask what characteristics are true
> of the pupils own variety of Scots, and what characteristics are not.
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