Expand your Vocabulary..

....I remember the first time I landed at the airport in Glasgow... Prestwick.. I immediately headed for the bar - as you do.... upon arriving, an elderly gentleman noticed my USMC uniform, and walked up... he said something to me totally unintelligble... smacked me on back, and bought me a beer... he musta talked to me for 15 minutes.... I never understood a word he said... I just smiled, nodded, and drank my beer.. he never quit talking though.. but, bought me another beer, slapped me on the back about 5 times during the conversation... and, the only word I actually understood was "Texas"... I guess that goes to show you how much some of the Scots appreciated and remembered either the Alamo, or our presence during WWII.. in any case, I gradually came to understand some of the local dialects.... I've got Glaswegian down... Aberdonian down.... although, Dundonian will forever be a language of mystery.... so, once again, in honor of Tartan Day... here are some handy Scots words and phrases for you to ruminate over... hell, maybe even throw them into your next conversation to add a little Caledonian Spice....

Blether: to speak indistinctly; to talk nonsense; to prattle on....
...usage: "He wouldnae shut up! He just kept blethering!"

Blatherskite: a babbler; a foolish talker....
...usage: "What a blatherskite... someone should smack'im"...

Glaikit: senseless; silly; giddy... pronounced "glay-kit"
...usage: "Yep, he sat there through the whole debate with a glaikit look on his face...and, the other guy was a keechie blatherskite"....

Keech: dirt, shit, to void yourself of excrement.... pronounced Key-kkhh
...usage: "What a load of keech... politicians have keech for brains"..

Footer: to bungle; to work hastily, unskillfully and in a manner that calls for contempt...
...usage: "Stop footering about, and write a REAL blog entry, you bastard!"

Foost: anything useless or needless; a dirty fellow, one who breaks wind
...usage: (directly from the Straight White Wife, "My husband is foosty")... actually, she's sitting on the couch reading these to me from a Scots dictionary... and, I think she's blatherskiting..

....so, y'all have a good night, Happy Tartan Day.... and, wipe that glaikit look off your fizzogs...

by Eric on April 06, 2004 | Comments(6) | Psycho Rants

Comments so far:

Very Cool...Glopnlatr

posted by: Sam on April 6, 2004 06:40 PM

..dammit, Sam... you've got me... what in the great-livin-hell does Glopnlatr mean....

posted by: Eric on April 6, 2004 07:06 PM

We use glaikit all the time 'round here, it comes in handy (hubby got his master's degree in Edinburgh). Also, a wee "skalk" of a marnin' nae hurt a lad...or a lassie, for that matter...

posted by: Kelley on April 7, 2004 08:54 AM

And then there's "dinna fash yersel..."

Mike from Tongue Oil taught that to me, although he SWEARS he never uses that term.

posted by: Buffy on April 7, 2004 01:37 PM

My parent's called me ' Heather the Blether' growing up - I thought it was an endearment...

posted by: siso on April 8, 2004 06:26 PM

I guess that shows me why...

posted by: siso on April 8, 2004 06:27 PM