Anyone who knows me knows that I have been a teacher for over 40 years. English grammar and literature are high on my agenda. Some could say that I tend to sound a little posh.
Some say we are headed for Scottish Independence in 2014. My opinions on that matter are my own. However, regardless of the fact whether we may be part of the UK or an independent Scotland, I have always considered myself as Scottish first and British second. I have always loved the lilt and phrases of the real Scots language. Even although I may speak and teach proper English, when I hear the Scots word abroad, I always delight in hearing it and even become more Scots in talking to strangers just for the fun of it.
For a bit of fun, I wanted to post some Scottish sayings (traditional and modern) and their meanings for those who are not Scottish. Firstly, please watch the Scottish expert on local sayings, Mr Stanley Baxter who is the expert.
|Haud yer wheesht!||Be quiet|
|Ah’m up to high doh!||I’m worried|
|Y’er on tae plums||No chance that is happening|
|Yer heid’s full o’ wee men||You’re a bit scatter brained|
|Yer aff yer heid||Are you crazy?|
|Awa an bile yer heid||Don’t be daft|
|I’ll gie ye a skellpit lug!||I’ll give you a slap on the ear|
|In the name o the wee man!||For goodness Sake!|
|Yer bum’s oot the windae||No chance|
|What’s fur you ‘ll no go by ye||What’s meant to happen will|
|Skinny malinky long legs||Tall skinny person|
|Skinny malinky long legs big banana feet||Tall skinny person after Billy Connolly|
|Ah dinnae ken||I don’t know|
|Gonnae nae dae that||Please don’t do that|
|That’s pure dead brilliant by the way||That’s good|
|Ah’m scunnered||I’m fed up|
|Ah’m blootered||I’m a bit drunk|
|See him – he’s burlin by the way||He’s drunk|
|Get it up yae!||Ha ha!!|
Yer talkin mince
|Your talking rubbish|
|I was sae hungert I coulda ate a scabby heided horse||I was very hungry|
|Ah’m goin fir a swally||I fancy a wee drink|
|Ah’m gonnae gie it laldy the nicht||I’m going to have a good night tonight|
|Yer a bawbag!!||Made famous by “Hurricane Bawbag”|
|Yer a numpty||You’re a no hope waste of space|
|Ah don’t have a scooby||I don’t have a clue|
|I’m Scotch!||No no no!!! !Scotch is a drink (whisky). If someone is from Scotland you call them Scottish or Scots – never Scotch.|
Ones that We missed!!
Yer affy peely wally -You’re a bit pale