Aberdeen, a thin-lipped peasant woman who has borne eleven and buried nine, Union Street has as much warmth in its face as a dowager duchess asked to contribute to the Red International Relief.
Lewis Grassic Gibbon (James Leslie Mitchell, 1901-35),
No jokes of any kind are understood here, I have not made one for two months, and if I feel one coming I shall bite my tongue.
James Clerk Maxwell (1831-79), on being elected to the Chair of Mathematics at Marischal College, Aberdeen.
It was only in Aberdeen that I saw the kind of tartan tight-fistedness that made me think of the average Aberdonian as a person who would gladly pick a penny out of a dunghill with his teeth.
Paul Theroux, A Kingdom by the Sea (1983).
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