Arts and Culture


by Paul Kavanagh

One of the great difficulties about writing about the Cringe is that it’s not easy to section off and divide up into easy to digest bite sized chunks.   The Cringe is like a malignant tumour that spreads within a body infecting every part of the system and weakens and debilitates from within, but it can’t easily be distinguished from normal healthy tissue.

Cringe is not really a good word for the phenomenon.  The word cringe implies something people are consciously aware of, something that they realise they’re doing and feel fear, shame or self-loathing as a result.  But that’s not what the Cringe really is.  People who have full blown cases (and I can think of a couple amongst Unionist politicians) are not suffering from it in any way.  They’re quite happy, and on a personal level are perfectly well adjusted.  No one ‘suffers’ from their own Cringe.

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Newsnet Scotland (NNS) is dedicated to the promotion and better understanding of Scottish culture and expression. With this in mind Newsnet Scotland published a breakthrough series by Paul Kavanagh called: ‘A history of Scottish languages’. In witnessing the popularity of the series Paul decided to write news articles in Scots. The reaction to these articles was surprising to us – the majority of readers understood the reasons behind this unique initiative and fully supported it, however a significant body of readers – whose opinions we value – felt that the articles were innapropriate and almost even kitsch.

Newsnet makes no apology for the promotion of Scots language, we do however want to fully explain, to all readers, our reasons for doing so. Paul has written below the links to individual articles a full explanation of why he writes in Scots. The team at NNS fully support Paul and thank him for his vision and unbending belief and support of this most important aspect of our culture – our language. Enjoy.

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