Regions of Scotland have massively divergent dialects, with many words only known to locals in specific areas.
The north-east of Scotland is a stronghold of the Scots “mither tongue” of Doric – a distinct dialect derived from Gaelic, Norse and Scots words.
Cities including Dundee, Glasgow and Inverness also have their own vibrant dialects.
Together with Dundee University student Eleanor Smith, who has been researching Scots dialects as part of her studies, we’ve compiled some of our top Scots words:
A well used Scots word for an uproar.
This is another term for plimsolls or gym shoes.
This a word used to describe someone that is afraid, or is a coward. “Feart” also means afraid.
This is yer backside.
A nice old Scots word for twilight.
A rammy is a bag fight.
A common word for a slap or punch in the north-east.
This funny old term is used to describe a plaster cast.
A fantastic word for a potato-masher.
This is a lock or latch.
This is a very Scottish scarecrow.
A cabin for hikers to rest in.
A wonderful word to describe a pigeon in north-east Scotland. See also: “Foo’s yer doos?”
A Doric word for ferret.
The most unpopular person in the school playground. A clype is a tell-tale or “snitch”.
A strange Doric word to describe your little finger.
This is a sweater or jumper.
A Scots word for frog.
Someone who is this is foolish or just plain stupid.
A Scots word for ear.
This stands for “many”.
Muckle’s counterpart, standing for “a little”.
And, FYI, mony a mickle maks a muckle…