Buikscots and Newscots

I just got an idea (well, actually, I’m sure I had the idea before, but I never did anything about it) how one might explain the Norwegian language situation to a speaker of English, using Alternate History.

Let’s imagine Scotland had regained her independence in the 19th century. And let’s ignore Gaelic for the moment. Because of the strong nationalist feelings unleashed back then, it’s very likely there would have been a strong urge to replace English with a national language, Scots.

This could be done in two ways.

One would be to recreate the Scots language by investigating the living dialects and picking the most conservative elements from each (using also the historical Scots language for comparison). This language would be very different from English, and it would probably be fairly close to the dialects of rural Aberdeenshire, I imagine.

The other way would be to adjust the written language to make it more similar to English as spoken by educated people in the cities, adjusting the orthography to make it look more Scottish and adding frequently used Scots words (such as wee and aye).

Most people would realise after a while that having two national languages (in addition to Gaelic, I suppose) would be somewhat overwhelming, so there would be attempts at unifying them. However, both groups would resent changing their own language, and the result would be a lot of variant forms in both language variants, without any unification happening.

Pupils would have to learn both variants in school, which they would hate, and Newscots would be seen as a dialect from rural Aberdeenshire, ridiculed by many people in the cities.

Pizza

Just ordered a pizza from Domino’s. I don’t know why I do it – sure, they’re better than the ones from the local chippie, but they’re ridiculously expensive.

Is it just because I can avoid leaving my flat and avoid using the phone? I guess so – I hate calling people, and I don’t fancy walking all the way down to Pizza Hut. But it is a silly way to waste money.

Flickr

I’ve created an account on Flickr. It seems to work very smoothly,
but am I the only one to find it slightly odd that my page is called
19414697@N00 instead of my username or similar?

Update: It turns out it was just the default setting. My page now has a proper name: viralbus.

Jubilæumsskrift

Jeg fik lige en email fra Tenna:

Jeg er med i jubilæumsskriftudvalget og i dette har vi besluttet at vi
gerne vil have et par siders kammer-anekdoter fra hver dekade vores
dejlige forening har eksisteret. I den forbindelse ville vi spørge om du
kunne tænke dig at skrive lidt om hvad der er sket af sjove, finurlige
eller andre passende ting i årene 86-95. Vi er naturligvis klar over at
du kun selv har oplevet en begrænset del af perioden, men så om den del,
da… Det er tænkt at et sådant indlæg højst skal fylde et par sider
(standard trykker-format) og du må i øvrigt skrive ca hvad der passer
dig.

Det bliver nu da godt nok ikke nemt! For det første blev jeg først FU
i 1992, så den største del af årene har jeg ikke oplevet, men jeg har
jo heller ikke adgang til protokollerne eller noget. 🙁

Men man kan jo ikke sige nej, når TÅGEKAMMERET kalder! Hvis gamle
kammerfolk fra perioden læser dette, så sig endelig til!

Nu ville jeg have været hjemme igen

Hvis jeg ikke havde fået halsbetændelse eller hvad det nu var, der
lagde mig ned i fredag, og jeg derfor var taget til Oxford for at
drikke øl med Mailund og Peter JC, ville jeg nu have været hjemme
igen. Det var surt at gå glip af, men jeg var ikke meget værd i
lørdags, så det var nok godt nok, jeg blev hjemme.

Peter sendte en SMS om, at de havde haft det sjovt alligevel – og det
er jo godt nok!

Status på ølregningen

Jeg fik lige min månedlige mail fra KASS:

Kære T9ONF Thomas Martin Widmann

Så er krydslisten blevet gjort op igen og det betyder at der er sket
følgende med din regning siden sidst: […]

Det er nu hyggeligt – som et brev hjemmefra, når man er langt væk.

Men på den anden side er det lidt skræmmende, at jeg er den med størst
potens på hele ølregningen!