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Popular Scottish Sayings and What They Mean

Posted: April 27th, 2017 | Posted in: General News

The Scottish way of speaking can be a tricky thing for visitors to the area to get their heads around. So, if you are planning a trip to see us here at Mackays then perhaps you will want to learn a little more about some of the most common slang words and sayings that you are likely to hear.

Mony a mickle maks a muckle
If you look after the pennies, then the pounds look after themselves

Keep the heid
Don’t lose your head

You’re all bum and parsley
You are all mouth and no trousers!

Don’t be a wee clipe
Don’t be a tattle-tale

Lang may yer lum reek
Lum is chimney and reek is smoke, so this essentially means I wish you well for the future.

Taps aff
Take your t-shirts off (when the sun is shining)

Tatties o’wer the side
It’s all gone wrong!

Awa’an bile ye rheid
Go away and boil your head, or in simpler terms, get lost!

Haud yer wheesht

Yer gettin’ skelped
You are going to get a slap in a minute

Whit’s fur ye’ll no go past ye
What will be, will be.

Yer at it
You are talking nonsense

Geein me the boak
That’s making me feel sick

Yer bum’s oot the windae
You are talking utter rubbish

Ah dinnae ken
I don’t know!

Mad wae it
Being very drunk

She’s a bonnie lass
She is a bit of a looker!

No ah umnae
No I am not

Yer Clatty
You are dirty and disgusting

Up to high doh
All worked up

Gonnae no’ dae that
I am not going to do that

Yer oot yer face
You are drunk

Noo jist haud on
Just hold on and take your time

Ma heid’s mince
My head is mixed up

It wis hoachin
It was busy!

So, now you know more about the way that the locals might be talking, you can start to understand more during your time in Scotland. Get yourself booked into Mackays and see not only what you can see and experience in Scotland, but what you can hear too!

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