Naw is the time til revail that the currek anser is - yis il haf tae imagine an X Facter style bild up here - ............. bubbly-jock. If ye got that, gie yersel a point. Howivir, an it may come as a bit o' a surprise to thosuns o' yis wha' thocht yis were bein' smart, if ye pit doon "Ottoman Empire" gie yersel haf a point. Unbeknownst til yersel, the ansers were made by none o'er than Dactur Billy McQuillan, Visitin' Lecturier in Linguistics at South-Aist Ards Bible an' Caterin' College. He set the quiz in a purposefully convaluted style.
Wullie explained that it is aways important in Ulster Scots tae use the auldest name ye knaw fur a country oor place, sae Ottoman Empire is the richt name fur the country o' Turkey. Fur example, if yer bukkin' a wee trip away frae Ballymena yid be better aff askin' the girl fur a tickit til Czechoslovakia or the Soviet Onion than whiteivir thur calt these days. I fur yin hiv noticed that there is nae better way tae bring a smile til a Dubliner's face than til talk til them aboot life in the Free State, so Wullie may hiv a point.
Naw pole this week but wi Christenmas roun' the bend a've stuck a couple o' last minute gift ideas up fur yis.
* Accordin' til the Big Sums Dept o' the Ulster Scots School o' Dancin, Ballymena.
** End o' the Orange Financial Year.