People I’ve met on my trip have asked me if I have been having a nice holiday and I have to admit it has been absolutely brilliant! I found it somewhat difficult when I first arrived to understand what locals were saying and I really had to concentrate and pay attention.
As time has passed, however, I’ve found it much easier and have even managed to incorporate a few terms into my own conversations now making it easier for others to understand me as well.
Blimey, I’ve actually picked up a few and the locals can better understand me and I don’t sound like an eejit when trying to pronounce something! At first they would look at me, probably thinking I was glaikit or a numpty, or just haivering! One stotter would be a conversation I was having at a restaurant today with a grannie holding her grandson, Isaac, a 5 week-old wee bairn!
The whole time I’ve been here the weather has been braw and quite bonnie, and only just recently have we experienced a dreichy day or two that made us feel crabbit. Just in the last couple of days has it really turned a bit baltic with fall in full swing.
I’ve had such fun working & volunteering in the kirkyards and since I didn’t want my fellow volunteers to think I was a skiver or worse, gallus, I dug right in and gave it all I had. A couple of times I really got mauchit working in the clarty dubs (thank heaven they weren’t sharney dubs!) and sometimes quite drookit!
It was fun just the same, and I certainly didn’t want them to think I was a besom, or a blether, so I kept wheesht, with my head down and became laldie, following instructions and learning a lot along the way. Working in the kirkyards is not for everyone, I admit, some might think its a scunner of a job, some might think me just a wee bit crezy, or even skerry, but I quite enjoyed it even though it was difficult at best to find a cludgie at times in kirkyards and was thankful I have a strong bladder!
Well, loons and quines, I don’t want to fouter, or be accused of being a blether, I just wanted to let you know I’ve enjoyed having you along with me on my travels via this blog!
Although Lindsay has been a bit wabbit the last couple of days with a cold, all in all we’ve had so much fun! Aye, it’s been a bonnie time traveling about with friends, and Gordon Bennett, I got to see sooooo many hairy coos this trip!
Well I’m off for a wee dram now… later I’ll work on a blog post about what Lindsay and I did this afternoon! We gave it another try and actually made it to Cairn ‘O Mount! Stay tuned for the rest of the story.
aye = yes
baltic = very cold
besom (biz~um) = hussy, female upstart
blether (ble~ther) = gossip, incessant chatter
blimey (bly~me) = amazed
bonnie = beautiful
braw (br~aww) = beautiful
brilliant = great
clarty (clar~ty) = mucky, boggin’
cludgie (clud~gee) = toilet
coos (koos) = cows
crabbit (cra~bit) = bad tempered, out of humor
crezy (kre~zy) = crazy
dreich (dre~ech) = dull, bleak, miserable
drookit (droo~kit) = drenched, soaked through
(ee~jit) = idiot, not the full shilling
fouter (foo~tir) = dither, to not get on with it
gallus (ga~luss) = bold, cocky, cheeky
glaikit (glai~kit) = foolish, not very bright
Gordon Bennett = OMG
haiver (hay~ver) = to talk rubbish
laldie (lall~dy) = to do vigorously, get stuck in
loons (lunes) = boys
mauchit (maw~kit) = dirty, filthy
numpty (num~p~tee) = idiot, intellectually challenged
quines = girls
scunner (scun~ner) = feeling of disgust or loathing
sharney (shar~nie) = animal manure
skerry (sker~ry) = scary
skiver (sky~ver) = lazy person, shirker
stotter (stoat~er) = excellent example
wabbit (wah~bit) = under the weather, exhausted
wee bairn = baby
wee dram = shot of scottish whisky
wheesht (whee~sht) = quiet