Scottish Patter: A Scottish Dictionary for English Folk

Isn’t it funny how there are certain words and phrases used in some parts of the UK and not others?

One of the best parts of having a partner from another city than you is discovering all of the different local slang you have and trying to explain it to each other.

In the 5+ years that I have been with my Yorkshireman there have been plenty of Scottish words and phrases which have resulted in perplexed and amused reactions from him.

So here is a guide to some of the best Scottish dialect not used in England:

Phrases:

“Lifting Money”: The act of withdrawing money from a cash machine

“Haud yer Weesht”: Be quiet

“Mad ‘wi It (MWI)”: Very, very drunk

Nouns:

“Jobby”: A bowel movement, you may call a poo

“Blether:” A wee blether is a conversation

“Son”/”Hen”: Terms of endearment for males and females respectively

“Fizzy Juice”: A carbonated soft drink, you may call a soda or pop

“Bahooky”: Bum

“Housecoat”: A dressing gown

“Piece”: A piece is a Scottish word for a sandwich

“Neeps and Tatties”: Turnip and potatoes, typically served with haggis or mince

Adjectives:

“Dreich”: A common description of Scottish weather, rainy

Verbs:

“Dingied”: To dingy, the act of ignoring someone, see also “pied”

“Pied”: To pie, the act of ignoring someone, see also “dingied”

Adverbs:

“Pure”: Very, a lot

 

One response to “Scottish Patter: A Scottish Dictionary for English Folk

  1. Posts like this always make me smile. Growing up just outside of Newcastle I knew a lot of these but it’s crazy how language changes so much in one tiny country! Neeps and Tatties though…now that has me reminiscing 😍

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