Do you ever listen to local people and have no idea what they are talking about?
Do you ever hear words that just don’t sound like English?
Chances are that you have heard some Scottish slang during your time in the country.
The following is a list of typical slang words and expressions that might come in useful the next time you are trying to understand a conversation between two Scottish people.
Aye – Yes Did you like the film? Aye, it was brilliant.
Baltic – Very cold It was pure Baltic this morning. I had to wear an extra jumper.
Bampot – An idiot He’s a bit of a bampot. He’s always doing crazy things.
Bonnie – Very pretty Loch Lomond is really bonnie in the summer.
Cannae – Can not I cannae believe it!
Feart – Afraid She’s feart of spiders.
Fitba – Football Do you fancy a game of fitba on Saturday?
Heevin – Full of people The city centre was heavin on Saturday.
Honkin – Smelly/dirty This room is totally honkin.
Lassie – Girl She’s a bonnie wee lassie.
Mingin – Disgusting That food looks really mingin.
Pure – Very/absolutely Our holiday was pure brilliant.
Scran – Food Do you fancy going out to get some scran tomorrow?
Tap – Borrow Can I tap £10?
Tatties – Potatoes My favourite food is mince and tatties.
Wean – Child How many weans does she have?
Wee – Little I’m a wee bit disappointed with my exam result.