Singer at the Mod in front of audience with steam railway shunting yards working away viewed through the window where Percy the Tank Engine is taking the lead moving the coal trucks.
The Scottish Word:


Jist look at that mooth foo o bonnie sang ahn no a hint o mantin tae be seen.

If she wiz spikin insteid o singin she’d be mantin as bad as an auld reversin steam puffer shuntin coal bogies up a brae wi their brakes oan.



mant: to stammer, to stutter, to have an impediment in one’s speech.

Just look at that mouth full of beautiful song and not a hint of stammering to be seen.

If she was speaking instead of singing she’d be stuttering like an old reversing steam puffer shunting coal trucks up a slope with their brakes on.


The Scottish Word: mant with its definition and its meaning illustrated and captioned with the word used in context in the Scots language and in English.

Singing and Stammering.

The effects of singing on temporarily alleviating or improving speech difficulties is well-documented, with accounts dating back to the late 1920s.

Melodic Intonation Therapy developed in the 1970s is a technique which uses singing, melody and syllable tapping to improve speech fluency.

There’s a wee bit more here in a short article on alleviating speech-impairing conditions from the Queensland Brain Institute, Australia.

The Royal National Mòd.

The Royal National Mòd is in Perth 14th – 22nd October. The Royal National Mòd was last in Perth in 2004 (18 years ago!) and they’re hoping 2022 will be just as, if not more successful than the previous one!

There will be something for all ages, whether taking part in a competition, attending a cèilidh or just enjoying the lovely area. And the locals get a treat to hear so much Gaelic being spoken in the shops and streets.

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