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Scotticisms


'Scotticisms' are words and sentences that are more likely to be used by Scots in spoken rather than in their written language that now tends to be dominated by the Queen's English!


What a dreich day! [What a dull day it is.]
I'm feeling quite drouthy [I am feeling really thirsty.]
That's a right scunner! [That's a real nuisance.]
It's a fair way to Skye from here. [It's quite a distance to Skye from here.]
The picture still looks squint. [The picture is not looking plumb on the wall.]
You'd better just caw canny. [You had better be careful.]
It's a sair fecht. [It's a difficult and troubling situation.]
His face is tripping him. [He is scowling or he is tearful.]
Just play the daft laddie. [Just appear as if you are stupid or don't know what is going on.]
You're looking a bit peely-wally. [You are looking a trifle ill or weak.]
That's outwith my remit. [That's not my responsibility.]
It depends on what the high heid yins think. [It depends what the bosses decide.]
I'll come round (at) the back of eight. [I'll appear at your home just after eight o-clock.]
I kent his faither. [I knew his father.]
You're standing there like a stookie. [You appear to be standing like a statue.]
He's a right sweetie-wife. [He's a very gossipy person.]
I didn't mean to cause a stooshie. [I did not mean to cause a disturbance.]
She was a bit pit oot when I told her. [She was somewhat angered when I told her.]
I'm swithering whether to go. [I'm undecided.]
Ach, away ye go! [Oh, I do not believe you.]
Whaur dae ye bide? [Where do you live?]
I stay in Dundee. [I live in Dundee.]
I'll see you up the road. [ I will accompany you home.]
I'm going for the messages. [I going to get provisions at the shops.]
She learnt him some manners. [She taught him how to behave properly with other people.]
Are you thinking of flitting? [Are you considering moving from your present house to another.]
She was gey scunnered. [She was disgusted.]
He's cried Dod [pron: doad] after his faither. [The name he was given at birth was George.]
It's our shy. [The referee at soccer awarded the throw-in from the touch-line to us.]
He sat on his hunkers. [He squatted down on his rear-end.]
Gie's a shot then! [Give me a turn.]
Ay, right! ... (This is a response expressing disbelief.)
 

 


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