Residents of Scotland will be faced with a new question on the forthcoming census. Question 16 asks whether the person can understand/ speak/ read and/or write English/ Scottish Gaelic and/or Scots (see the official Scottish census site here).
Scottish Gaelic and Scots are defined, for the benefit of those residents who don't know:
Scots is the collective name for Scottish dialects known also as 'Doric', 'Lallans' and 'Scotch' or by more local names for example 'Buchan', 'Dundonian', 'Glesca' or 'Shetland'.
Scottish Gaelic is a Celtic language, descended from Old Irish, which is one of the national languages of Scotland. It is also commonly known as Scots Gaelic or Gáidhlig.
There is also a short paragraph about the history of Scots and how it differs from English. Examples given are more/most (English) vs mair/maist (Scots), cry (English) vs greet (Scots) and disgust (English) vs scunner (Scots).