Time for a wee claik
- ye ken yersel that fan I've been hid a puckle drinkies and end up stocious I spik aathing in Doric and nae ma posh voice aff the wireless that ye ken.
Pratt, John Claik
. "Yossarian's Legacy: Catch-22 and the Vietnam War." In Fourteen Landing Zones: Approaches to Vietnam War Literature.
Beyond these, some word-lists and near-dictionaries (word lists whose methodology has obviously been influenced, possibly intuitively, by dictionaries) are also available, ranging from the excellent Buchan Claik
(BC), written with considerable wit and thought by two writers from the north-east, one from a farming, the other a fishing, background, through the occasionally eccentric 'In my ain words ': an East Neuk Vocabulary (ENV), compiled by someone local to the East Neuk of Fife, with considerable connections to the fishing trade, for a heavily illustrated booklet, to the sketchy As spoken in Berwick: the unique dialect.
Avoiding the clacking tongues, however, is impossible: "You might hide with your lass on the top of Ben Nevis and have your bit pleasure there, but ten to one when you got up to go home there'd be Mistress Munro or some claik
of her kidney, near sniggering herself with delight at your shame" (79).
The first kind--not very different from those in the rest of the country--is represented by Frank Claik, a local dignitary from Littleton, who recently shook hands with George W.
For several months, he has been running a presidential campaign of exquisitely calibrated nonspecificity for the Frank Claiks of the country, folks who like winners more than they care about the finer points of policy.
And, to revert to the local example, energetic supporters of Buchan 'claik
' (speech) in all its forms (many of them still celebrating a Julian Calendar Aul Eel Nicht (Old Year Night)) are far from alone among Europeans in their determination to keep their argot both fishing and farming alive.