|CROMARTY FISHER FOLK|
While few people may mourn the demise of Cromarty dialect specifically, it’s another example of one language that dies every two weeks. Half of the globe’s 6,000-plus languages are expected to die off by the end of the century.
Fortunately, hundreds of words and phrases are documented.This one must have been very useful with the fishermen: "A'm fair sconfished wi hayreen; gie's fur brakwast lashins o am and heggs" – or "I'm so fed up with herring, give me plenty of ham and eggs for breakfast." That phrase survives in print, but it will likely never be spoken again, unless you serve me too much herring. "Bauchles" are old, ill-fitting shoes, which kind of sounds like an old, ill-fitting shoe. They actually had a word for doing heavy work in wet weather - droog droogle, which kinda sounds like a wet, rainy day.
I love this word droogle. I think I could easily fit it into the English dialect. I also liked another word: dooky--"a tidy". If someone says your "dooky", it means your attractive, hot, sexy,cool, or sweet. Yeah, I am dooky "foamin for want"--desperate for tea.
Our words shape how we think and how we understand the world around us. Cromarty can't go back and it won't. It has been said the loss of each language or regional dialect leaves the world poorer than it was before. "The more diversity in terms of nature we have, the healthier we are. It's the same with language." Without diversity the world is a poorer place.
"It's one less little sparkle in the firmament. One little star might go out and you might never notice it, but it's not there anymore."
I will try to keep Cromarty dialect alive with a few choice words, like dooky, droogle, and foamin for want!!
Now where did I leave my bauchles?
listen to the dialect here