During the week, I asked Scottish Twitter what were their favourite Scots animal names.
Yer favourite Scots language animal name. Go!— stewartbremner (@stewartbremner) September 2, 2020
The response was totally overwhelming, with over 250 replies. I now have a long list of names, which have inspired me to begin work on a new series.
Even more surprising than Twitter's response, however, was that journalist Sean Murphy for the Daily Record noticed and wrote a story about it!
Asked by Sean where the idea to post the question came from, I responded "The idea came to me when I was at the launch of Laura Waddell's Exit last night, oddly enough. There was mention of turning over stones to find what's under them and I suddenly thought of slaters. I realised that I grew up with the word, which is one of the few Scots words I had back then. I decided I wanted to find out more Scots words for animals and draw some. I thought asking Scottish twitter for their favourites would be fun."
You can read the full story here.