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

Useful Scots word: stooshie

By Betty Kirkpatrick Last time I wrote about stramash and its connection with commotion and disorderliness. This time I am staying in the same general...

Useful Scots word: Bauchle

By Betty Kirkpatrick In general, traditional Scots do not go in much for compliments. "No bad" is often the highest form of praise that leaves...
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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...

Useful Scots word: slaister

By Betty Kirkpatrick My thanks to the readers who suggested other Scots dirty words after reading about oose. These include stour, glaur and clabber. Of these...

Useful Scots word: wean

By Betty Kirkpatrick The Edinburgh Fringe is underway and people are flocking from all over the world to see the multifarious events. They even come...

Useful Scots word: greet

By Betty Kirkpatrick Last time I wrote about the word girn. This time I am writing about a word that is closely related to girn...

Useful Scots word: boke

By Betty Kirkpatrick Scotland’s love affair with alcohol is well-known. Unfortunately the after-effects of this love affair are also well-known and one of the most...

Useful Scots word: Tumshie

By Betty Kirkpatrick My last article was about a summer vegetable, syboe. Today, like the weather so often does, I have reverted to winter...

Useful Scots word: drookit

by Betty Kirkpatrick I happened to be passing the foot of Edinburgh Castle earlier in the month and saw masses of people queuing to get...