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Friday, 6 September 2013

Scots words in Service of the Heir

Well, the very title is a Scots legal term, also known as a Retour, the proof established that someone can inherit land or buildings from someone else. Moveable goods go differently. But here are some of the Scots words that appear - again, some are in broader use than just Scotland, some are archaic and some still used, and some are repeated from the last two lists. Now, back to typing the next book!

Auld Clootie – the Devil, the old  cloven-hooved one.
Bairn – child
Bing – a barrel or tub, or (later) any large quantity. For example, the mining spoil heaps in the Lothians are called bings
Boke - vomit
Bumbazed – confused
Clarty - dirty
Creepie stool – small, roughly made stool suitable for kitchens
Cruive – pen for animals
Divilment - mischief
Fash – bother, fash himself – take the trouble
Frae - from
Gar my flesh grue – give me the creeps
Gey - very
Gowk  - fool
Groosie – dirty, usually greasy dirt
Haar – sea mist
Handfasted – betrothed
Hizzie - hussy
Howff – low drinking establishment
Joogling – jingling, jiggling
Kirk  - church
Kisting – placing of a  corpse in a coffin (kist – chest)
Loutch – to walk carelessly, with shoulders slumped
Luckenbooth – a lockable market stall
Muckle – much, or of a person, self-aggrandising
Neuk – corner
Pluffy – full of yourself
Pross – parade, show yourself off
Queesivity - curiosity
Risp – an alternative to a door knocker, a vertical twisted iron rod attached to a wall by the door, with a ring round it to be rattled (tried to find one on the SCRAN website but it's refusing to appear!)
Speiring – asking, looking for
Steading – farm buildings
Thole – tolerate, put up with
Tron – weighings scales, also the place where goods are weighed at a market
Wadman – employment agent
Well-kent – well-known

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