At Wilderness Scotland, we enjoy taking travellers from around the world on amazing journeys through the Scottish countryside.
Part of the charm of our country is our distinctive language and even those who can speak fluent English may struggle to understand some of our local dialects. But fear not, we’re here to help you learn all about bairns (kid) bampots (crazy people) quines (girls) and loons (young men). Scotland’s many dialects can change in a relatively small distance keeping even us Scots on our toes. This handy phrasebook of Scottish words will have you havering (talking rubbish) with the locals in no time!
Pronounced – Eye
Meaning – Yes
Meaning – Small
Meaning – a measure of whisky
Example sentence: “Aye, I’d love a wee dram.”
Meaning – to take time to sort something out/ get something done
Meaning – to know something or someone
Meaning – food
Example sentence: “After we faff around here, I ken a good place to get some scran.”
Meaning –very warm and sunny
Meaning – beautiful
Meaning – very hot (anything over 18 degrees C)
Meaning – great
Meaning – not very nice
Meaning – see above
Meaning – (dreech), overcast/ drizzling
Meaning – cold
Meaning – (Droothy) Thirsty
Meaning – Tired
Meaning – Dirty/ muddy (mingin’/ boggin’ also work here)
Translation – Long may your chimney smoke
Meaning – I wish you well for the future
Translation – Hold your tongue
Meaning – Be quiet!
Translation – keep your head
Meaning – stay calm and carry on!
Translation – Many a small thing makes a big thing.
Meaning – All the small things add up (For example: one step may add up to a big distance)
Translation – You make a better door than a window (sarcastic).
Meaning – You are obscuring my view!
Translation – Q: How’s your pigeons? A: They are still pecking
Meaning – Q: How are you doing? A: Very well thank you.
May 02, 2020
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