Throughout my stay in Scotland, I compiled a collection of unique Scottish words. Enjoy!
Quid pounds sterling, 1 quid=1pound
Wee little, such as a wee curry shop, or “When I was just a wee child I loved ketchup on my haggis.”
Public Transportation A system of travel which may include some or all of the following: subway, bus, taxi, bicycle, pedestrian sidewalks, or trains (American readers may need to use their imagination for this concept)
The Tube The London Underground
Clockwork Orange Glasgow’s Subway
Banter Fun, a good time
Crack A good time, such as “That was some good crack!”, (American readers are advised against the usage of this word due to current cultural connotation) also see banter
Shall should, or will, such as “We shall board the train.”
Uni University (Please note that Scots place a greater distinction between the terms “college” and “University.” Scots’ use of college is America’s equivalent of a 2 year college or technical school, while “university” is any 4 year institution.)
Queune Line or crowd, to gather, to line up, such as “Please hurry, or we shall have to wait in the queune!”
Freshers Freshmen or first-year students
Loads Many, lots of, of a great quantity
Porridge Delicious! also known as oatmeal J
Glasgoweigian A person from Glasgow, also a person with a thick, rough, or un-understandable accent
Hob Stove top, burner
Zed the letter ‘z’ Scots do not pronounce the last letter of the alphabet as Americans do, instead when spelling or reciting the alphabet they end with the letter ‘zed’
Aye Yes!, I agree!, Oh!
Shattered Exhausted, incredibly tired
Neeps and Tatties Mashed potatoes and turnips
Revise to study, “I am revising for my exams.”
Car park parking lot
And we shall end with my 3 favorite
Cheers! an expression of gratitude, thanks, also a greeting
Fire door ANY door you see in Scotland! Scots are OBSESSED with fire, and I really do not understand why they are! It rains soooooo much in Scotland, I do not understand how anything could catch on fire! But with living in a Freshers Flat with the fire alarm frequently going off at 3 in the morning, and living across the street from the fire station who must have received alarms every 15 minutes, I am continually amazed!
- Henery the Hover! His friend is a pink hover named Henrietta!