Nae mair apologetic apostrophes – poster

Nae mair apologetic apostrophes – poster

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Oor ain culture

Culture is one of the main things that define a country. It makes one place on a map more than simply in a different location to another place on a map. Scotland is no exception to this. From our tartans and traditions, to our writing, music, languages and so much more, the culture that has come to define Scotland has become known around the world.

Cringe no more

In the centuries since the birth of the union in 1707, Scots have been gradually all been taught to dislike, dismiss, or even flat out deny our culture. Known as the Scottish Cringe, this in-built censor manifests in all sorts of ways, often near words like 'twee' and 'parochial'. Bringing a focus and sense of worth to Scottish culture is one of the main aims of Indy Prints.

About this piece

An apologetic apostrophe is a linguistic form of the Scottish Cringe that can be found in Modern Scots. It was introduced by Scottish writers in the 18th century, as part of a process of Anglicisation. Guid Scots words such as a, o, wi and gie, became a', o', wi' and gi'e in order to be more acceptable to readers of English. It's time we stood our ground against this unacceptable practice.

The artwork

Taking inspiration from art and design of the twentieth century, this linocut style collage, in a handsome vintage colour palette, includes old Scots dictionary pages.


Product details
  • Paper size A3, 420x297mm
  • 350gsm smooth white board
  • Printed in Scotland on FSC® Mixed Sources paper