Wordy Wednesday

Funny Scottish Words

So, in keeping with the Rabbie Burns celebrations, I thought I’d offer up a sampling of funny Scottish words, slang and phrases. So, here goes. The first one is one of my personal favourites…

Haud yer wheesht! (Be quiet. You can also shorten it to just Wheesssht!)

Blether (noun: a blether is someone who likes to talk a lot. Verb: to have a blether is to chat with someone.)

Haver (to talk nonsense)

Hodjur (Hold your… See image below)

Ah dinnae ken (I don’t know.)

Tattie (a potato. Personally, I LOVE mince and tatties, a staple meal made from ground beef with vegetables and gravy, and tatties.)

Dreich (Cold, misty or rainy weather, as in “It’s a dreich day.”)

Yer aff yer heid (You’re off your head, as in a little bit daft or crazy.)

Baffies (slippers)

Clype (noun: a tattle-tale. Or as a verb: To “clype” on someone is to tell tales about them.)

Shoogle (to shake. Something that is “shoogly” is shaky or wobbly.)

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Published by jenmcnaughton

Born in Scotland, I moved to Canada in 1980 with my family. I was 10. I became homesick in my 20's, and longed for my beloved Scotland. Happily, I recently returned home for good! I am a photographer, freelance writer and bestselling author, and entrepreneur. I am an animal lover and advocate. My other hobbies include exploring, collecting sea glass, reading and music.

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