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Academics from the University of Glasgow have officially logged 421 terms for snow in the Scots language.

The study is part of a project to compile the first Historical Thesaurus of Scots, which is being published online.

Examples include “snaw” (snow), “sneesl” (to begin to rain or snow) and “skelf” (a large snowflake).

The thesaurus started by focusing on two categories that are rich in Scots vocabulary: weather and sports/games.

Members of the public are invited to submit their own contributions!

Scottish Highland bands massed at the side entrance of Fernberg, ca. 1887. The State Library of Queensland.


When the heart is full the tongue will speak

Scottish Saying