Scottish dating traditions
The origins of this custom is not known but skipping was once a magical game, associated with the sowing and spouting of seeds which may have been played on barrows (burial mounds) during the Middle Ages.
At Westminster School in London, the annual Pancake Grease is held.
Nonetheless it remains a community language in some parts of Scotland, notably in the Hebrides, and it has left its mark on the English spoken there and in other parts of the country.
The type of English spoken in Scotland is more difficult to define than elsewhere in the UK.
This means that even the most socially prestigious forms of English spoken in Scotland contain elements that are characteristically Scottish.
The variety of speech we might recognise as educated Scottish English contains the occasional word — for ‘I haven’t heard’ — that is distinctively Scottish.
The object of the race is to get to the finishing line first, carrying a frying pan with a cooked pancake in it and flipping the pancake as you run.
Whatever its status — language or dialect — large numbers of speakers would certainly claim to speak Scots, not English.
Indeed Scots boasts a literary tradition dating back long before Robert Burns in the eighteenth century and still thriving today, as demonstrated by contemporary authors such as Irvine Welsh.
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