Across the many centuries its been spoken, the Scots language has developed an impressive ability to capture worldly advice in a creative and unique way.
The Scots language is wonderfully complex, beautifully poetic and, at times, unapologetically blunt. It’s also fair to say that it can be a little difficult to understand, especially when words often having different meanings in different regions of the country.
However, it’s known the world over for being rich, varied and incredibly expressive – us Scots certainly have a way with words! Another thing that’s true about Scots is that it’s a language packed with punchy expressions and truisms.
With that in mind, we wanted to share some of the best Scottish expressions with you. So, haud yer wheesht (be quiet) and tak’ a gander (have a look) at these bonnie (beautiful) expressions. You never know when one might come in handy for you!..
Translation: “We’re all created equal”. (Jock Tamson is a Scottish term for ‘everyman’)
Translation: “It’s better to be doing badly than not taking part at all”.
Translation: “You’re standing in my way, and I can’t see through you”.
Translation: “News travels fast, so be careful what you are saying”.
Translation: “If you look after the pennies then the pounds will look after themselves”.
Translation: “You look like a dishevelled mess”.
Translation: “Stop being a little gossip”.
Translation: “Keep calm, and carry on – everything will be ok”.
Translation: “Keep your mouth shut!”
Translation: “If it’s meant to be, then it will happen for you”.
Translation: “You’re talking absolute nonsense”.
Translation: “You’re always embellishing your stories”.
Translation: “Seize the day and live life to the fullest, you never know what might happen”.
Translation: “I wish you good luck and good fortune for the future”.
Translation: “Good things come in small packages”.
Translation: “Your head is in the clouds”.
Translation: “It’s all gone horribly wrong – a disaster”
Translation: “You’re always walking slowly, dragging your heels”.