|This is English?|
|In the Scottish language – and we’re not
talking Gaelic here – you’ll think it’s a foreign language. It’s English
– but with a twist! There are words you’ll hear that will sound English
but the meaning is so different as to leave you lost.
How – not "in what way"
– this means "why" as in "How did you no tell me?"
Messages - not what you
find when you get back - it's what you get while you're out, such as
Precognition – if you’re
asked about this, you’re not being asked to foresee the future
Cry - no wet eyes here.
To cry means to name or call, as in "They cried me after my
Bubble – if you hear
someone say, "She had a wee bubble at the end of the film", they
Bubbly jock – you think
you’ve got this one – a guy who has a wee bubble at the end of the
Playpiece - if you need
to send a playpiece to school with your child, don't send a toy,
Shin – it’s not that
part of the leg below the knee. It’s lower than that – shin is the plural
Potato chips are called crisps and chips are fried potatoes.
Pickle - not for your
sandwich, it's an indeterminate but fairly small amount of something,
Fit is your foot, heid
your head, lug your ear, and tummie – well, if you tummie your wilkies,
Handless – incompetent
and clumsy at any practical task involving manual dexterity – the
Heehaw – not the name
of a TV show – it’s a slang term meaning not the slightest bit or
Fin (rhymes with tin)
– you’re sure you know this one – a fin is on a fish, right? Nope. It
Doubt - to doubt something
can mean to be inclined to believe it. "I doubt it's going to
If you hear the words
"Ben", "Fell", "Burn", "Knowe" (pronounced now), "Park", "Law", and
When counting, you may
hear Yin or ane – one; Twa – two (in French, twa is three);
There are other words that will leave you totally clueless.
Foonert - something that has broken down or someone that has failed.
Bidie-in – a term we
haven’t really found a word for in the States – someone’s bidie-in is
Well-fired – a roll,
scone, etc., that has been baked for a longer time than usual so that the
Puggled – to have reached
a state where you feel that you can do nothing more, usually
Baffie – slippers
Bumfle – a wrinkle, crease, or fold in material. "Me kilt had got all bumfled up at the back."
Blate – very timid or
backward at coming forward. "She was too blate to tell him his kilt
Dreave – to deafen, bewilder or weary others with noise or talk.
Dander – to stroll, which
is probably what you’d want to do if someone has been dreaving
Wabbit (rhymes with rabbit)
- it's not what you catch, as in the old riddle, by hitting it with
Skirl – loud shrill sound,
often used to describe the sound of bagpipes, but also used to
Skirlie – don’t say skirlie
bagpipes as skirlie is a dish of oatmeal and onions fried together,
Smirr – a drizzly rain falling gently in small drops.
Yett – this isn’t a familiar name for a yeti or abominable snowman – it’s a gate.
Dochter (pronounced dawCH-ter)
– not someone you go to when you’re sick – unless she
Sneck – not the past tense or plural of snake, it’s a catch or latch on a door or yett.
Peeny – no, it’s not money or a small pin; it’s an apron.
Flair – what you put your shin on – it’s a floor.
Forfochen – exhausted or worn out
Hingy (rhymes with clingy) – slightly unwell or tired and looking for sympathy or attention.
Foosty is moldy and you
wouldn’t want to hain something foosty, unless you’re making
Chitter – to shiver with cold.
Weesht – if someone says
this to you, you’re not being asked what you wished, you’re being
Whigmaleerie (pronounced whig-ma-leer-ee) – a decoration, trinket, or ornament.
Teuchter (pronounced chooCH-ter) – a Lowland name for a Highlander
Sassenach – derisive
Gaelic term used to describe the English, due, among other things, to
England – a small, flat section of Scotland, to the south of Edinburgh somewhere.
Mither - mother; coo
- cow; hoose - house; gairden - garden; neebur - neighbor;
These are Gaelic terms:
Slainte mhath (pronounced slan-ja vah) – a Gaelic toast meaning "good health".
Ceud mile failte (pronounced
Kee-ut mee-luh fah-ill-tya) – Gaelic phrase meaning
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