A Doric guide produced by Robert Gordon University for Offshore Europe has proved so popular that copies are to be put on sale to raise money for charity.
Around 2000 copies of the Doric Dictionary handed out to those arriving at Aberdeen International Airport for the event - and it seems that word of the handy guide has spread around the world, with requests for copies coming in from far flung places such as Australia, California, Bahrain and Mumbai.
RGU has now decided to put a limited number of copies on sale in November to raise money for the National Literacy Trust.
Anna Jones, Development Manager at the National Literacy Trust, said: “We are thrilled that Robert Gordon University has chosen our charity to benefit from the sale of their Doric Dictionaries.
“Support like this is vital to the work of the National Literacy Trust and will help ensure we can continue to support children and families in disadvantaged communities, improving their literacy and giving them better opportunities.”
Featuring key words and phrases across a range of topics from ‘The Basics’ and ‘Small Talk’ to ‘Eating and Drinking’ and ‘The Weather’, the guide was designed as a humorous visual dictionary by RGU marketing officer Karen Barrett-Ayres.
She said: “We’ve been delighted by the success of the Doric Dictionary so far and the feedback we’ve had from all over the world has been fantastic.
“The guide really seems to have struck a chord with people so we thought there could be an opportunity to further boost awareness of the Doric dialect while also raising some money for a fantastic charity like the National Literacy Trust.
The Doric Dictionary will be available to order at www.rgu.ac.uk/doric-dictionary from Friday, November 1, until 5pm on Sunday, December 1.
A minimum donation of £2 is required, although higher donations are welcome.