My friend Anja has just arrived from Holland a couple of months a go. She learns that even though she speaks impeccable English, she still can’t understand what Scottish people say half of the time. Well I couldn’t blame her, I’ve been here for over 8 months and I still don’t get it sometimes. And even though I’ve known mr. Mck for several years, there are times I have to ask him to repeat what he’s saying, especially when the weather gets too cold and it freezes the tiny cells in my brain. One time some guy was trying to sell something over the phone and I had to stop him by saying I’m not Scottish and his accent was too strong and I had no idea what he’s saying. He took it hard and put the phone down without saying anything more.
Well I found few Scottish dialects as below. Let’s see if I could remember to use them sometimes.
Blether (ble-thir): Dialect, chiefly Scot – n. 1. person who chatters incessantly; one who babbles on and on (“That wee yin o’ yours is an awfy blether getting”). – v. 2. to engage in conversation, long-winded or idle talk (as in “ah met yer granny doon the toun, we hud a richt guid blether the gither”). (see also sweetie-wife)
Eejit (ee-jit): Dialect, ciefly Scot – n. 1. idiot, simpleton, one not posessed of all their mental faculties; one who is unable to properly conduct their own affairs (as in “Yer aff yer held, ya eejit. That’s no’ a real dug”). (see also bawheid, dunderheid).
Teuchter (choo-chteer): Dialect, chiefly Scot – n. 1. (trad.) one who derives from the Highlands of Scotland (a Hielander); more commonly used by city folk to describe rural dwellers. 2. Gaelic-speaker (mostly to each other) esp. at strange Gatherings known as Mods. (definitely not Rockers). Occasionally partakes of a wee dram (also heucther teucther).
Sassenanch (sass-y-nak): Dialect, hiefly Scot – n. 1. an Englishman or -woman. 2. used by Highlanders to describe non-Gaelic-speaking Lowlander (frm the Gaelic sasunnach, meaning Saxon). 3. someone who actually understands the rules of cricket and mentions 1966 every bloody chance they get (see Jimmy Hill).