Learning to Speak the Lingo

People I’ve met on my trip have asked me if  I have been having a nice holiday and I have to admit it has been absolutely brilliant! I found it somewhat difficult when I first arrived to understand what locals were saying and I really had to concentrate and pay attention.

As time has passed, however, I’ve found it much easier and have even managed to incorporate a few terms into my own conversations now making it easier for others to understand me as well.

Blimey, I’ve actually picked up a few and the locals can better understand me and I don’t sound like an eejit when trying to pronounce something!  At first they would look at me, probably thinking I was glaikit or a numpty, or just haivering! One stotter would be a conversation I was having at a restaurant today with a grannie holding her grandson, Isaac, a 5 week-old wee bairn!

The whole time I’ve been here the weather has been braw and quite bonnie, and only just recently have we experienced a dreichy day or two that made us feel crabbit. Just in the last couple of days has it really turned a bit baltic with fall in full swing.

I’ve had such fun working & volunteering in the kirkyards and since I didn’t want my fellow volunteers to think I was a skiver or worse, gallus, I dug right in and gave it all I had.  A couple of times I really got mauchit working in the clarty dubs (thank heaven they weren’t sharney dubs!) and sometimes quite drookit!

It was fun just the same, and I certainly didn’t want them to think I was a besom, or a blether, so I kept wheesht, with my head down and became laldie, following instructions and learning a lot along the way. Working in the kirkyards is not for everyone,  I admit, some might think its a scunner of a job, some might think me just a wee bit crezy, or even skerry, but I quite enjoyed it even though it was difficult at best to find a cludgie at times in kirkyards and was thankful I have a strong bladder!

Well, loons and quines, I don’t want to fouter, or be accused of being a blether, I just wanted to let you know I’ve enjoyed having you along with me on my travels via this blog!

Although Lindsay has been a bit wabbit the last couple of days with a cold, all in all we’ve had so much fun! Aye, it’s been a bonnie time traveling about with friends, and Gordon Bennett, I got to see sooooo many hairy coos this trip!

Well I’m off for a wee dram now… later I’ll work on a blog post about what Lindsay and I did this afternoon!  We gave it another try and actually made it to Cairn ‘O Mount!  Stay tuned for the rest of the story.


aye = yes

baltic = very cold

besom (biz~um) = hussy, female upstart

blether (ble~ther) = gossip, incessant chatter

blimey (bly~me) = amazed

bonnie = beautiful

braw (br~aww) = beautiful

brilliant = great

clarty (clar~ty) = mucky, boggin’

cludgie (clud~gee) = toilet

coos (koos) = cows

crabbit (cra~bit) = bad tempered, out of humor

crezy (kre~zy) = crazy

dreich (dre~ech) = dull, bleak, miserable

drookit (droo~kit) = drenched, soaked through

(ee~jit) = idiot, not the full shilling

fouter (foo~tir) = dither, to not get on with it

gallus (ga~luss) = bold, cocky, cheeky

glaikit (glai~kit) = foolish, not very bright

Gordon Bennett = OMG

haiver (hay~ver) = to talk rubbish

laldie (lall~dy) = to do vigorously, get stuck in

loons (lunes) = boys

mauchit (maw~kit) = dirty, filthy

numpty (num~p~tee) = idiot, intellectually challenged

quines = girls

scunner (scun~ner) = feeling of disgust or loathing

sharney (shar~nie) = animal manure

skerry (sker~ry) = scary

skiver (sky~ver) = lazy person, shirker

stotter (stoat~er) = excellent example

wabbit (wah~bit) = under the weather, exhausted

wee bairn = baby

wee dram = shot of scottish whisky

wheesht (whee~sht) = quiet



Author: Claudia Frew

Adventuresome, independent, and fun-loving 68-year young American great-grandmother who loves to travel; often going solo!

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