Useful Scots word: Smout

As a nation we tend not to wear our hearts on our sleeves or to give rein to outpourings of admiration. So it is...

Useful Scots Word: Body

We mostly associate the written word body with the physical structure of a human or animal, although those of us who are addicted to...

Useful Scots words: Skoosh

Whatever happened to the smirr that was formerly as regular a part of the Scottish summer as midgies? Now the smirr, a Scots word...
Loaves. Picture: Bart Everson

Useful Scots word: Pan loaf

More and more people across the world are learning English as a foreign or second language. It is one of the few growth industries....
A midden. Picture: Chiara Marra

Useful Scots word: Midden

This week I am staying with last week’s theme of waste (see keech). The subject is midden which originally in both Scots and English...
Elephant dung. Picture: Ian Barbour

Useful Scots word: Keech

I am not really a street party kind of person and most of the royal jubilee celebrations passed me by unnoticed. They had one...
Spencer Tunik nudes. Picture: Maegan Tintari

Useful Scots word: Scud

I was on a bus the other evening when some kind of incident involving a bunch of young teenagers occurred, leading the bus driver...
Splash. Picture: Steve Garner

Useful Scots word: Scutter

The recent spell of sunny, ultra-hot weather, as usual, had many people rushing to be beside the sea. Living near a beach as I...
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Useful Scots word: Forby and Ulster Scots

Every English thesaurus lists quite a few synonyms for the adverb besides. These include also, too, as well, moreover, furthermore, what’s more, in addition, additionally and over and above that. Some of...
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Useful Scots word: Messages

The average high street has changed enormously over recent decades. Now high streets tend to be a sea of charity shops interspersed with a...