Posted: 21/02/2014 at 09:50
In Glasgow, they kept talking about the 'area', it was, I think, the steps to a block of flats,.
Not heard of that term - communal areas and stairs are called the 'close' and that is used across Scotland. Area to me would be synonymous with neighbourhood. Traditionally in Scottish towns back gardens are 'back courts' and specific gardens, enclosed for fruit and veg, are 'yards'.