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doric scotts spoken by 50 000 people on a wonderful part of the world

 
by bert maclean

aabody = everybody
aathing = everything
aaf = off
affa = awfully
aifter = after
aneth = underneath or below
anither = another
a'richt = ok
atween = between
Auld reekie = Edinburgh
aye = yes
aye-aye min = hello
bahookie = ass
baith = both
bairn = a baby or young child
banter = gossip / chat/tease
bawbee = half penny
ben = down or through
bide = stay
bigsie = proud
biodag = dagger or dirk
birl = spin
birling = drinking match
bitcallant = lad
black affrontit = embarrassed
bleeter = to talk without an aim
bogle wark = ghostly action
boot = bitch
bosie = cuddle or hug
bourachie = group
brakk = break
bratch = female dog
braw = good or great
brawly = well
cantrips = magic spells or incantations
caul = cold
clachneart = putting stone
claik = gossip
claes = clothes
clamjamfry = company or mob
clarsach = harp
clarty = dirty
coorse = coarse
corrie fister = left handed person
craiter = creature
died = dead
deray = uproar
dhe = God
dinna = don't
dinna fash yerse l= don't fuss yourself
dirdum = tumult
dirled = vibrated
div = do
doited = foolish
doon aboot the mou = depressed
douche = kind or gentle
dreich = cold, wet, and windy
drookit = drenched or soaking
eese = use
eneuch = enough
fa's = who
far hiv ye ben = where have you been?
fash = trouble
feart = afraid
feel = daft
ficher = fumble
fin = when
fit = how
fitbaa = football
fit like = hello, how are you?
fit wye = why
fleg = fright
flitt = to remove
flitting = to move home
foostsie = stale or rancid
gads = horrible
gangrel = tramp or vagrant
gash = grim or dismal
ging = go
gipe = stupid
Glesga =Glasgow
glisk = passing glance
glunching = frowning
grapt = wept
guan = going
hale = whole
hech = cry of surprise
heid = head
hirpling = limping
ingins = onions
Ivershneckie = Inverness
jis = just
ken = know
leesome lane = quite alone
loanings = bypath
loon = boy
lugs = ears
maist = most
mare = more
mear = a mare
messages = shopping
min = man
mockit = needs a good wash
moggie = cat
mony = many
moulds = graves
nae = no
neen = none
neep = turnip
nivver = never
nivver fash = do not worry
plat = plot of grounds
puckle = a few
pucklie = a small amount
quine = girl
richt = right
riped = searched
riving = raging
routh = abundance
sair = sore
scowp = run
scutter = delay
sillver = silver coin
spotter = mess
spik = speak
spikin = speaking
sotter = mess
steen = stone
stocious = drunk
stot = to bounce
stotter = beautiful
swicking = cheating
ta = thanks or thank you
telt = told
the morn = tomorrow or in the morning
The granite city = Aberdeen
thirled = under obligation
throwing a sausage up a close = sex
toom = empty
tumshie = an idiot
tossue = ruffle
trachled = exhausted
trig = active
twaa = two
waabit = tired
wanchancy = wicked
wifie = woman
winch mah bahookie = kiss my ass
wintit = wanted
yersel = yourself
yett = a gate

 

 


 

Scots - more words for rain than Eskimos for snow:
(Scots - mehr Worte für Regen als Eskimos für Schnee)

by bert maclean

 

Aftak (an easing or lull in a storm or rain)
Aitran (piercing cold, persistent rain)
Ask, Yask (a variant of ask, a fine rain, drizzle)
Baffin (Buffeting? The drenching and buffeting one gets when exposed to a storm)
Beating down (heavy sidewards rain)
Bleeter, Bleatery (A passing storm of wind or rain)
Bowder (a great squall, blast, a heavy storm of wind and rain)
Bucketing down (fills buckets)
Buffeting (blustery wind usually with rain)
Coming on to rain (looking like rain)
Dab (A fine rain, a drizzle)
Dag, dagg (light drizzly, more or less steady rain Orkney)
Daggle (to fall in torrents)
Damp (fine rain)
Dash ‘a dash of rain” (a sudden fall of rain)
Deluge (a sudden heavy fall)
Dish (to rain heavily)
Downpour (A period of heavy rain)
Dreach ‘a dreach day’ (Gaelic a day that is gloomy with rain)
Drenching ‘a drenching’ (getting soak with rain)
Driv (light drizzly, more or less steady rain Orkney)
Driving rain (heavy rain blown sidewards by wind)
Drizzle – fine continuous rain
Drookit (absolutely drenched.)
Drumming down (usually said when in a tent or tin roof)
Either (to rain slightly)
Fiss – drizzle
Flooding (heavy rain leaving surface water)
Flurry (a wave of rain)
Fluther, fludders (in great days it run in fludders)
Fog (fine droplets wetting surfaces)
Fyag (A slight or find show of rain)
Goselet (A soaking, drenching, downpour of rain)
Haar (an east coast mist which swirls inland)
Hagger (to drizzle, rain gently)
Hammering (usually very heavy vertical rain – so loud it is the main thing that can be heared)
Hooring (wind screen wipers on full)
Horizontal rain (goes sideswards more than down)
Huther – light intermittent rain
Kaavie (heavy driving rain)
Krammy (close, find drizzly)

Lashing (rain bounces of ground)
Lum (to fall in a downpour)
Mist (a type of fog)
Murr (a find rain or drizzle)
Musk (occaisional light rain-showers)
Pani (the form of rain)
Peas souper (English term in use in Scotland)
Peeggirin (A storming shower)
Peeing down (alt pissing down)
Pelsh, Pilsh – a drenching shower
Pelting down (throwing it down)
Pissing down – really falling down
Pitter-patter (the sound of moderate rain)
Planet (a heavy, but localised shower of rain)
Pleuran (rained)
Plum shower (a sudden fall of rain)
Pouring (a lot of rain)
Raff (a sharp shower of rain)
Rain (Rain)
Raining cats and dog
Rav (light drizzly, more or less steady rain Orkney)
Risk – fine rain
Rog (portending rain)
Roost (Orkney: Fine rain, drizzle, fine hazy mist)
rugg (light drizzly, more or less steady rain Orkney)
Rus (a fine rain accompanied by high wind)
Saturated (absolutely drenched.)
Schiting, Skite (to rain slightly)
Scotch mist (heavy fog or low lying cloud that soaks)
Scow. Scrow (a squally shower of rain, a wind and rain storm)
Weather for ducks (so much rain puddles form everywhere)
Set in for the day (adj: continuous rain)
Skudding down (skud:-a slight sudden shower OR mist, rain, snow, or spray driven by the wind)
Sheets ‘sheets of rain’, the rain can be seen to come in “sheets”
Shower (a period of rain)
Sleat (rain with snow)
Sleek ‘a sleeky day’ (a day in which there falls a considerable quantity of rain)
Smirr (a fine rain drizzle)
Smizzle (to rain lightly thinly)
Smog (pollution + fog)
Smue (Thick drizzling rain or smoke)
Smuggy (thing fine drizzling rain)
Sneesl (To rain, hail or snow lightly)
Soaking ‘a soaking’ (heavy rain usually unexpected)
Soft rain (light)
Spindrift (spray whipped up by the wind)
Spit (to spit – small individual drops)
Spitter, spither (a slight shower of rain or snow)
Spitting – (light quantity of rain but enough to be be felt)
Spotting (similar to spitting)
Sprinkling (enough to show on the ground but no more)
Squall (a small storm of rain)
Stair rods (heavy individual streaks of rain)
Storm (a period of wind, usually with rain)
Stotting (Stot is a common Scots and Geordie verb meaning “bounce” … rain stotting off a pavement)
Sump (A sudden heavy fall of rain, a deluge)
Thrashing down (heavy rain)
Throwing it down (Pelting down)
Torrent (a big downpour)
Torrential rain (mostly vertical in torrent usually warm)
Uar – A waterspout, a heavy fall of rain
Umplist (a sudden outburst of wind and rain)
Uplowsin (shetland – heaving rain)
Vega – rain
Weather for ducks (so much rain puddles form everywhere)
wet ‘it’s wet’
wringing wet (absolutely drenched.)
Yillen (A shower of rain, a drizzle, especially with wind)