Things that Scots say.


Today is the start of the Queen’s Jubilee.  She’s the queen for all of the UK, but you wouldn’t know it by talking to Scots, who aren’t really raving fans of the lady.  They fly the Scottish flag everywhere…it’s the St. Andrew’s Cross of a white “X” on a blue background.  Today, we saw one flying at this resort – The Kinloch Lodge in the Isle of Skye, where we are staying.  It’s there with the sculpture and (weird this far north) a palm tree in the yard outside our room.  That’s it for the Jubilee so far.  They don’t even know here, who won the Epsom Derby today…that was the big event of Saturday for Her Majesty.

Here’s a list we have been compiling.  We’ll keep adding things as we hear them…and then, when we get to N. Ireland on Monday, we can start on the Irish list, OK, mate?  (That may be Aussie).

Some of the sayings we learned in Scottish:

            “The Harr”…is the morning fog.

            “Brilliant” describes anything outstanding.

            “Okey Dokey” is OK…at least in Israeli/Scottish….thanks to our guide, Ronnie Berri.

            “Lovely” is being said by even men to describe something as positive or good…not just pretty.

            “Slainte” is Gaelic for “cheers” and is pronounced “slan-cha”.

            So, what is Failte?  Is it “welcome” and how do you pronounce it?  Tell me Patty Gallagher Boyd.

            “Inver” means “mouth of” as in Inverness; mouth of the Ness River, at the top of Loch Ness.

            “Lin” means “river” as in Linlithgow; near the Lithgow River.

            “Stay” means where I live; like “My son stays over there in that building.”

            Nancy thinks folks are saying, “Cheerio”, but they might be Brits.

            “Single Track Road” has to be a new favorite.

            How about the traffic sign (you’ll know why we have no photos, when you hear this one)…

”Oncoming traffic will be in the center of the road ahead.”

            “Aye” is yes.

            “Sweeties” are those nice after-dinner desserts they bring free sometimes.

            “Toasties” are the way to order grilled cheese sandwiches.

            “Roasties” are riced potato patties under your main order for dinner.

            “All the best” is one of their favorite ways of saying “good-bye”…like us.

            “French Fries” are “Chips” and potato chips are “Crisps”.

Stay tuned….there’s more to come.


Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 13-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 54 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids (1 in college/1 working). We are helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education. Helping to lead Captiva's Chapel by the Sea.

Submit a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s