New translator site to help people “spik the Doric”

A local man has developed a unique website designed to translate english words into Doric.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 26th April 2014, 6:00 am
Chris Buswell with his unique doric translator website Doric

Chris Buswell, who currently lives in Boddam, came up with the idea after his wife couldn’t understand the dialect.

He said: “I had been thinking about making a website like this for a while as my wife, who is English, would get confused if I spoke Doric.

“I have spent some time working on websites and thought it would be a good idea to make one where people could learn doric.”

Chris admits he doesn’t speak as much Doric as he used to but finds the odd word slips out on occasion as he explained: “I used to speak really broad Doric but I was in the Royal Army Medical Corps with two other Scottish people and we would be told off for using it so it put us out of the habit.”

Using special software, Chris can see the number of hits the site gets and can even see where people are visiting from.

Although the site has only been online for around a month, it seems to be popular overseas as Chris said: “Visitor numbers haven’t been too bad and I have recently had a lot of people viewing it in America.

“I have received good feedback so far through Facebook, Twitter and e-mail, and I received a request from a man who wanted me to review his Doric poetry book.

Chris added: “The submission part of the site lets people put in their own words and that has been very entertaining.”