Useful Scots word: preen

By Betty Kirkpatrick In English, preen is commonly a verb. Originally used to refer to birds cleaning and smoothing their feathers with their beaks, it...

Useful Scots word: peerie

By Betty Kirkpatrick A reader has written in about the word peerie. The sense mentioned relates to dimensions and is rightly defined as small. This...

Useful Scots word: hurdies

By Betty Kirkpatrick If you have been living in Scotland for any length of time you will know that this is Burns Night. It is...

Useful Scots word: yatter

By Betty Kirkpatrick Yatter is one of those Scots words that does not immediately suggest its nationality. For quite a while I had not realised...

Useful Scots word: douce

By Betty Kirkpatrick Every now and then someone suggests a word to be dealt with in this series of articles and all suggestions are gratefully...

Useful Scots word: drouthy

By Betty Kirkpatrick Like Christmas, Hogmanay is associated with eating and drinking, although not usually now in that order of importance. Formerly, though, Hogmanay was...

Useful Scots word: dwaibly

By Betty Kirkpatrick Around this time of year many of us are feeling a bit dwaibly. There are various reasons for this. We might be...

Useful Scots word: stechie

By Betty Kirkpatrick One of the unfortunate consequences of growing older is that the joints get a bit stiff and we get a good deal...

Useful Scots word: besom

By Betty Kirkpatrick Scots is not lacking in ways of indicating our disapproval or contempt for others. Many of the nouns that fall into this...

Useful Scots word: happit

By Betty Kirkpatrick Much of November has been extraordinarily mild, but doubtless this will change and the real winter will be upon us before you...