Gittin the Spellin Richt
Author(s): Robert Fairnie
Copyright holder(s): Robert Fairnie
He wis gaun alang the Kingsway, thon gate that skirts the northern mairches o Dundee, wi the wireless croonin oot some catchy sangs, when he mindit his wife, Beenie, hid speirt him tae gaun intae B&Q on the wey hame, if he cuid, an coff a tin o pent for the inside o the wee bedroom press. Wi it bein weel on in the efternuin, he thocht it wad be ower late or he won tae Edinburgh an aiblins the shops thare wad be shut bi then, sae he turnt aff the Kingsway intae the toun ettlin tae fin a B&Q in Dundee.
Efter a while, he still hidnae fund yin sae he poued ower tae the side o the road, rowed his windae doon an stoppit a passin fit-ganger.
“Excaise me Jimmie!” he speirt, “Is thare a B&Q in Dundee at aw?”
“Naw!” reponed the kettle-biler*, “The’r nae B&Q in Dundee pal. But the’r twa ‘d’s an twa ‘e’s in it.”
*Kettle-biler = a byenem gien tae the men o Dundee. No lang syne, maist o the weemin workit in the jute mills an the men workit in the docks, the Caledon Shipyaird or in ither heavy ingineerin wark. Noo, the men wisnae sweir tae gaun on strike ilka noo an agane an, wi maist o thair weemin-fowk workin in the mills, they cuid afford tae bide oot a guid while langer nor men fae ither airts. Sae, excep when thare wis a fitba match on, they juist bid in the hoose an biled the kettle tae hae the wife’s tea on the table for her comin hame fae the mill. We’r no sayin they war aw tarred wi the ae brush but, thare maun hae been a wheen o thaim for sic a byenem tae stick an, the’r aye some watter whaur the stirkie droons, as ye hear fowk say.
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