As well as that distinctive accent, the Scottish have some great words and sayings, made popular by such poets as Rabbie Burns.
Some of this is due to their natural laconic sense of humor and biting wit. But it’s also due to the rich linguistic heritage of Scotland, a country that has its own language, Gaelic, as well as all the influences of English.
Therefore, here are some great examples of some great Scottish words and saying – and their meanings…
1. Whit’s fur ye’ll no go past ye
This phrase basically means “Whatever is meant for you will definitely happen to you.”. It’s fate.
2. Lang may yer lum reek
I wish you well. Literally ‘May you live long and stay healthy’.
3. Yer bum’s oot the windae!
This would be one of those Scottish sayings which just does not seem to make much sense.
It means “Your bum is out the window”, it means “You are talking rubbish” or “You are not making any sense.”
4. Awa an bile yer heid
Another of the Scottish words which seems to be quite popular is this one. Meaning “Away and boil your head”, it really does not seem to make much sense at first thought. However, in reality, it probably might mean to get lost or to mind your own business. This would usually be said to someone wasting your time by talking rubbish.
5. Black as the Earl of Hell’s Waistcoat!
Very dark or pitch black.
Old as in the New Year song (or “old times gone by”).
7. Don’t be a wee clipe!
Roughly translated to mean “Don’t be a tell-tale” – try telling this to your sibling next time…
8. I’m getting the messages
While you might think this is something you have understood pretty well, messages actually means groceries here.
9. Dinnae teach yer tae suck eggs!
Don’t try to teach someone something they already know.
10. It’s time to get your jags
This would be one of those sayings which no kid wants to hear. This is because jags means vaccinations.
11. We’re a’ Jock Tamson’s bairns!
We’re all equal. No one’s special.
12. I’ll gie ye a skelpit lug!
I’m going to hit you. Literally ‘I’ll give you a slap on the ear’.
13. Skinny Malinky Longlegs!
A tall thin, skinny, person.
14. Is the cat deid?
Your trousers are too short (ie they are like a flag flying at ‘half mast’.
15. Speak o’ the Devil!
We were just talking about you…
16. Haud yer wheesht!
17. You’re a wee scunner!
A fair translation of this would be “You are a whiner or a nuisance.” Therefore, as you can pretty much expect, this would be something which would be said with a touch of annoyance and impatience.
A baby or young child
19. She’s up to high doh
The next time you would like to describe an extremely energetic and hyper person, try out with this Scottish sayings. Translated in very simple terms, it means “She is all riled up” or “She is very hyper.”
20. Keep the heid!
Stay calm, don’t get upset.