The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)
“When on holiday abroad, I like to try to work out the nationality of other holidaymakers by their speech,” says a Perth reader. “French, German and Spanish give me no trouble, but, on one occasion, I was flummoxed by a family group following behind me along the promenade of a Spanish resort.
“I could not work out where they came from at all, perhaps the Netherlands or Norway or Sweden, I thought.
“Then the mystery group came alongside and I heard them more clearly. They were Scots! Their brogue was so strong that they were almost incomprehensible to me, a born and bred Dundonian.
“Another time on a Spanish courtesy bus to the market, a Scottish family came aboard and the father utterly bamboozled the non-English-speaking Spanish driver – and me too, almost – with the request: ‘Geeza shout when wu git tae the merket!’
“Mind you, the bus driver perhaps caught the Scotsman’s drift with the word ‘merket’, since it is very near the Spanish ‘mercado’.”