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Is A Scorie a Young Gull, or an Adult Gull  

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  1. 1. Is A Scorie a Young Gull, or an Adult Gull

    • A Scorie is an ADULT gull
    • A Scorie is a YOUNG gull

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Guest Anonymous

To help answer a question about the dialect which has cropped up on Shetlopedia.com, perhaps you guys can give us some feedback.


I have always believed that a scorie (spelled skorie in some areas), is an immature gull, particularly an immature Herring Gull (Herring Maa).


Am I correct??? or has my linguistic upbringing been flawed, and is it possible that it is an adult Herring Maa???


MODERATORS : I didn't exactly know where best to put this topic, so move it wherever is best.. :D

Perhaps it could be useful if there was a particular area where Shetlopedia could ask for the help of Shetlink Members :D

It could be useful to settle the many differences of opinion which crop up on Shetlopedia.. :lol:





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According to "A Guide to Sheltand's Breeding Birds" by Bobby Tulloch. (Herring Gull), "In Shetland generally an immature gull is called a Scorie. In Lerwick no such distinction is normally made and any gull of any age is called a scorie."


So a Scorie is an immature gull unless you are in Lerwick then its any aged gull!!! :)



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Oh yis, da toonie dialect (mind you, a'm a toonie meesel'). Athin Lerook joost aboot onything wi wings can be caaed a scorie, bit da reality is dat hit's a young gull as tammynorie richtly points oot.

I tink at whin folk (mibbe mairsay toonies) spaek collectively aboot dem dee tend tae use scories as opposed tae maas.

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District nicknames


Lerwick: Whitings

Scalloway Sma Drink

Tingwall Timmer Guns (timber)

Bressay: Women Crackers (from craic - good talkers) Men Sparks

Dunrossness: Liver Coids (from Cuithes stuffed with cod liver then roasted in hot peat ash)

Sandsting: Suck o'Legs Aithsting Smuiks or Smocks (sewn cloth shoes)

Mid Waas: Gentry

Wast O'Waas: Settlins

Doon O'Waas: Dirt

Sandness: Burstin' Brunis (oatmeal or beremeal cakes)

Foula: (Tammy) Nories (puffins)

Weisdale: Gauts (cut pigs)

Nesting: Gauts (cut pigs)

Lunnasting: Hoes (dogfish)

Delting: Sparls (smoked and dried sheep sausage)

Northmavine: Liver Muggies, Ulie Muggies or Ulie Coils (cod stomach filled with its liver, boiled)

Whalsay: Piltocks (young coal fish or cuithes)

Yell: (Sheep) Thieves

Unst: Midden Slues (lazy, unclean people)

Fetlar: Russie Foals (young horses which have ungroomed shaggy hair)

Papa Stour: Scories

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Have also heard Ness folk referred to as - Bannocks,,

Not sure how widely used that was/is, but somebody here is sure to know :wink:

There's only one answer i can give to that, incomplete as it is:




"Ness man Ness man comin' fae da ness,

Four and twenty bere-mael bannocks tied across hees muckle sphincter"



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Guest Anonymous

^^^^Roughly the same as I'd heard,,,

But Goin tae da Ness.

The version I heard was that this referred to the men, and boys going to work at the Haaf shore stations at Scatness, etc.. All the fish they wanted to eat was provided free, but they always carried a load of bannocks from home.. :)



Da Auld Een

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