Word ‘dre­ich’ came to us via Mid­dle English

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - YOURVOICE - Carolyn Tay­lor, Well­bank.

I EN­JOYED read­ing about peo­ple’s favourite Scots words (Your View, June 7).

I’d just like to clar­ify the ori­gins of one word which was men­tioned, “dre­ich” – a great word which we Scots have to use a bit too of­ten.

The world dre­ich has no con­nec­tion to Gaelic – it’s of Ger­manic origin, and has come to us via Mid­dle English.

Scots is con­sid­ered to be a lan­guage in its own right, and is used pre­dom­i­nantly in the Low­lands, Grampian and the Cen­tral Belt. It shares the same Old English ances­try as mod­ern stan­dard English, though it de­vel­oped sep­a­rately.

Scot­tish Gaelic, on the other hand, de­vel­oped from Mid­dle Ir­ish, and is an en­tirely sep­a­rate lan­guage.

Both lan­guages have a rich, much-ad­mired body of lit­er­a­ture and songs, which are unique to Scot­land, and both lan­guages have been in­flu­enced by each other.

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