Sunday, 21 June 2009

A wee bit of Scottish dialogue.....

You know you are a true Scot if...........

Ye can properly pronounce McConnochie, Ecclefechan, Milngavie, Sauchiehall Street , St. Enoch, Auchtermuchty and Aufurfuksake.
Yer used tae four seasons in wan day.
Ye kin faw aboot pished withoot spilling yer drink.
Ye measure distance in minutes.
Ye kin understaun Rab C Nesbitt and know characters just like him in yer ain family.

Ye kin make hael sentences jist wae sweer wurds.
Ye know whit haggis is made ae and stull like eating it.
Somedy ye know his used a fitba schedule tae plan thur wedding day date.
You've been at a wedding and fitba scores are announced in the Church/Chapel.

Ye urny surprised tae find curries, pizzas, kebabs, fish n chips, iron-bru, fags and nappies all in the wan shop.

Yer holiday home at the seaside has calor gas under it.
Ye know irn-bru is a hangover cure.
Ye actually understand this and yurr gonnae send it tae yer pals.

Finally, you are 100% Scot if you have ever said/heard these words;

how's it hingin
clarty
boggin
cludgie
pished
get it up ye
wee beasties
erse bandit
amurny
away an bile yer heid
peely-wally
humphey backit
Baw-heid
Baw Bag
dubble nugget
And finally......

A wee Glesga wumman goes intae a butcher shop, where the butcher has just came oot the freezer, and is standing haunds ahint his back, with his erse aimed at an electric fire. The wee wumman checks oot the display case then
asks,

"Is that yer Ayrshire bacon?"

"Naw," replies the butcher. "It's jist ma haun's ah'm heatin"

My adorable cousin Robert sent me this. He keeps me well up on Scottish sayings and I thought I'd share it with you. I laughed my head off at it - but then I am a Scot through and through.

83 comments:

PurestGreen said...

I love it! I've lived here long enough to understand most of those sayings. Of course I shall be sharing this!

Retiredandcrazy said...

You also know that you're married to a true Scot when you can understand this. We are going up to Glasgow next weekend. I'll give it your love.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Am I also a Scot? I laughed. I will admit that I had to read some of it twice and then say the words outloud to get the full impact. It was then that I realized it is a lot like the southern drawl I am so familiar with. The words have to be misspelled to convey the true pronunciation. I always look forward to reading your posts.... It was like a little treat to see this waiting for me this morning.... thanks!

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Purestgreen - Oh definitely share it - it is such a hoot. I'm still laughing at it. Good on you for learning a second language!

Retiredandcrazy - Oh I didn't know your man was a Scot - lucky old you! I am sure you will enjoy that wonderful city of extremes. I love it with all my heart.

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Kathies Klothesline - you clearly have powers beyond a normal person to be able to understand that lot! You are of course hence nominated as an Honourary Scot as you were able to crack the code! Thanks for such a nice comment - you are very generous as usual.

Night Owl said...

I like it :-)

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Love it! My late fil was half Scottish and used to think he knew it all. My husband obviously has Scottish in him (we live close to the borders so I suppose he thinks he's more Scottish too!).

I wanted to get married with kilts.

CJ xx

Stinking Billy said...

I know most of them, having spent over a year of my National Service with a Billet full of Glaswegians, having been friendly for some years with three Falkirk couples and shared boozy weekends at hotels with them and, of course, living only half an hour from Berwick and the border. But, I always thought 'clarts' (and 'clarty') was pure Geordie? xx

auntiegwen said...

Mobs - I got sent that too, love it love love it !!!!

Have you got the Glasgewgian version of "Windaes twa thoosan" if not let me know and I'll email it to you xx It'll make you howl xx

Crazed Mom said...

Grandmother's maiden name was McCullum. That's as Scottish as I get. I speak American not English not whatever those words on here are. ;) HUGZ

Lori E said...

Oh this is going straight to my Scottish coffee buddy. He will love it.

WT said...

I knew a few of the words, but then I'm of Scottish descent, plus I used to have two Scots living next door, from memory their names were Ben Doon and Phil McCavity.

Lady Fi said...

Hilarious! My mum comes from Glasgow too.

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Night Owl – good, hopefully you were well entertained as I was. I don’t know who the author is but she/he deserves to be known for such a great witty tome.

Crystal – oh then yer man comes from good stock! There is nothing nicer than a kilted wedding. I’ve been to many and the guys look amazing in their kilts. My cousin got married when Celtic were having an old firm game with Rangers. The men wore earpieces and there was a collective cheer when Celtic scored a goal! And yes, the result was announced in the church! Priceless.

Billy – of course you would know most of the words then. I bet you had a fantastic time socialising with those peeps. And Berwick – we did school trips to there, we loved it. As for clarty – I remember the word being clatty so maybe it has morphed into clarty.

Auntiegwen – it’s one of the funniest emails I’ve had in a long time. It fair made me weep with laughter. I haven’t heard of the Windaes thing so I’d love a copy. If you say it’s good then it must be.

Crazed Mom – yes England and America – two great nations divided by one common language!

Lori e – any true Scot will thank you for this as it is so very true.

WT – oh we always say that Ben Doon and Phil MCavity are Irish!

Lady Fi – then you too come from good stock! You can always tell a Celt – talk to anyone and can laugh at themselves.

dulwichmum said...

Oh sweet friend, I didn't understand a word of it, but I am sure it was very nice indeed ;-)... Would I have understood it better if I had been trying to read it aloud - under the influence?

Best,

DM

Valerie said...

I'm not a Scot, pure English but I worked out most of it! Hi, I was passing and somehow landed on your blog. It looks like lots of fun so if you don't mind I'll pop back again. Keep smiling :)

Lorna F said...

I love the butcher joke - it's just perked up my Monday no end and I'll be regaling others with it! Now, MOB, I do understand the Scots examples (well, nearly all) because I'm a Scot too - but I'm originally from much further north and the lingo up my way is a whole lot more challenging for the English to understand. I'm from where the 'Doric' is spoken - so it's 'Aye, aye, fit like?' 'Nae bad, aye chauvin' on. D'ye see that wifie doon the road? The een wi' the twa feel loons and the mannie that winna dee a haun's turn o' work - ae me, she's a peer thing. Ae fit in the grave and the ither on a banana skin.' 'Aye, it's a sair fecht ...' I'm burbling. I'll shut up now. Lang may yer lum reek, MOB. Love your blog. :)

sandyshares said...

great fun sandy

Not Waving but Drowning said...

I'm nifty being half Scots, but in Aberdeen I was hopeless,

GG

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Dulwichmum – ah dear DM, you have got it in one. A large scotch and watter would indeed assist with the right frame of mind to read and understand the eld lingo of Glesca. I often find that if I write down a thought when I am seven sheets to the wind that upon being sober I am unable to read the little aid memoir back. I find that getting bladdered and re-reading the tome soon sorts that problem out.

Valerie – welcome dear lady. One aspires to entertain! I cannot take the credit for this wondrous and witty ditty but I am happy to share the mirth with others. Thank you for such a nice comment.

Lorna F – welcome hen. I am still laughing ma heed aff at yer comment. Are ye a wee chookter then hen? I have a soft spot for chookters and the language is superb. Do you ever remember Stanley Baxter and Parliamo Glasgow? The man was pure genius. Your comment reminded me so much of that. Thanks for your great comment.

Sandyshares - welcome and ta hen.

NWBD – half Scots you say? I should have known that from your superb blog and your open style of writing. I think the Aberdonians have a lingo all of their own too so I am not surprised you struggled!

Lorna F said...

Glad you enjoyed my comment, MOB. I'll have you know I'm a fisher, nae a teuchter, though! And yes, I do indeed remember Stanley Baxter and Parliamo Glasgow - especially the brilliant 'Izzat a marra in yer barra Clara?' - do you remember that one?

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Lorna F – oh my God, I am creased up with laughter, YES I remember the ‘izzat a marra in yer barra Clara’ sketch! So what’s a Fisher then? And thanks for the correct spelling for a Teuchter – I always wondered how that was spelled! The thing is I can see Stanley’s big old cheesy grin when he was saying the stuff with the English subtitles at the bottom of the screen. Ma Da and me used tae sit and watch him and just crease up with laughter. He is a great comedy hero of mine.

Deb said...

Well. I am sure of one thing in this life - I am not Scottish but I did enjoy trying to read my way through this. Bet there is something out in cyberspace about New England Yankee accents and dialogue...enjoy your day!

aims said...

Thanks for sharing this one with me MOB. I could see you laughing about it when I got it.

Lorna F said...

Well MOB, as you probably know, the Doric is spoken around Aberdeen and northwards. I'm from the Moray Firth - and we always took the view, those of us who lived on the coast, that the teuchters were the ones who lived inland. Time was, that was the choice of occupation - farming or fishing. (Then the oil came along ...) Then I went to Aberdeen and was taken for a teuchter just for having come from outside the city! It's a good word, isn't it? Living in England as I do, it's frustrating that there's this great linguistic resource I can't use (except when I'm on the phone to my relatives!) because nobody will understand, and there are such brilliant descriptive words, like scunner, and gowk and fair forfochen, dwam and glaikit and - oh, I could just go on and on! Funny how many of the good words are insults, eh?

Flowerpot said...

Well I'mnot a Scot though I do have some Scottish blood somewhere - thsi was great though!

Mopsa said...

No Scot in my ancestry, but understood and loved every word.

® ♫ The Brit ♪ ® said...

Hi Dear MOB!
I'm back!!
I loved your post and managed to understand 98% of it! and Irn-Bru!!!! yeah!! I used to love that! (he says remembering the taste of youth)
I've missed you and I hope you are doing great dear friend!
Be seeing you around!
Big Hugs,
Donnie

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Deb – Oh I would love to see some New England Yankee grass roots dialogue. I worked for an American I.T. manufacturer for 25 years and spent a great deal of time in the USA so I am sure I would recognise some sayings. Well done for interpreting the Glesca sayings – they truly are priceless, especially to the Diaspora of Scots living outside the old homeland.

Aims - I did fair have a great wee chuckle at some forgotten terms. I was dragged straight back to my younger years just rediscovering some words that I hadn’t used in a few decades. Marvellous.

Lorna F – oh the words that you are reintroducing me are marvellous. Glaikit and scunner are superb words. Yes we have so many insults but they are mostly meant in good humour. My God, I get so homesick hearing these words, but it is a lovely feeling as so many great and funny memories come flooding back. Teuchter is a brilliant word. I always found the Teuchters that I knew were so much more genteel than us rough and ready Glaswegians with our ribald sense of humour. I love Glasgow and Scotland with a deep fierce passion and my kinfolk even more. I know what you mean about not having someone to chat to in pure Glesca lingo – it is such a rich source of description and wit.

Flowerpot – you certainly have some Celt in you, what with you lovely wit and sense of fun. Glad you made sense of it!

Mopsa – maybe you don’t need to be Scottish to understand it – seems those that aren’t Scottish are getting the general gist of things. I am delighted with that.

Brit – Oh Donnie darling, I am so glad to see you back with us. I hope things are easing for you and I have missed you dear man. Irn-Bru – it’s made from girders don’t you know? Great stuff for giving the old system the equivalent of 1000 volts to jump start the old heart back into action after a night of drinking nothing short of electric soup in copious amounts! Big hugs right back at ya!

Deb said...

Hi there! Not sure this post is the best one for a Yank to read and trying to get to know you!
Thanks for visiting my blog today...Enjoy the lazy river...

david mcmahon said...

Humour never goes out of fashion, bairn.

Susie Vereker said...

When I watched Rab C Nesbit, I'd put on the subtitles for the hard of hearing in order to grasp his words of wisdom, but actually I understood your post and smiled. One of my sons lives in Edinburgh, btw, and I'm just reading a Kate Atkinson at the moment.
Thanks for your kind comment on my blog. Hope you found the main one too.

J.J said...

The education I have received at the hand's of my Scottish partner has not gone in vain! I could understand this, although pre-him I would have been totally and utterly stumped. Scotland really is a different (and wonderful) country.

Akelamalu said...

Well my ancestors are Irish but I can do this...

Ye kin faw aboot pished withoot spilling yer drink.

so I guess there must be some Scot in me somewhere! :)

Thanks for visiting me.

Carol said...

Hahahaha, that was absolutely brilliant!!! (Came here via Little Brown Blog). I'm a Glasgow girl through and through and had no problem what-so-ever reading all of those :-D

I was talking about language the other day with a friend of mine who was in absolute hysterics at the fact that in Scotland 'poke' means bag and that you can go into a chippy and ask for a 'poke of chips'.

Thanks for sharing this...you've made my morning!!

C x

French Fancy said...

hello there - saw you over on Carol's blog and had to come andfind out more about you. I'm also doing an OU degree, although mine is a BA Humanities - just finished the 3rd course. It's a slog isn't it?

As for your other private blog - I've been on HRT for two months now - does that make me eligible to sneak into your private domain. I'd love to swap hrt experiences.

By the way I've got no Scottish blood whatsoever but I do like Travis and Amy McDonald

Working Mum said...

I think I've been to Aufurfuksake..... He he he!

Lane said...

Gawd, I'm such a southerner. It's a different language to me but it was fun to sit here and try to mouth the words. And I got the joke!

LittleBrownDog said...

Well, I think I must be a wee bit Scottish, because I understand most of that (what's peely-wally, by the way?). Actually, that's nae true - I got lost halfway down that list. But my father-in-law did wear a kilt at our wedding (and he does like to bellow out 'O Flower of Scotland' at every opportunity, even when sober) and, come to think of it, the fitba scores were announced if not during the service, very soon after it. Perhaps I'm Scottish by marriage - other half's forbears were sheep shearers from Orkney.

The butcher joke reminds of a Scottish baker joke: "Is that a donut, baker, or a meringue?"
"No, you were right first time, it's a donut". Not quite as funny as yours.

Casdok said...

I had to think about it but got there in the end!!

jc said...

Hi Mob! I'm an ex Londoner but have been in the Highlands for the past 20 years - used to be married to a Glaswegian. I'm going to make a sacriligious comment which will probably ban me from your blog forever - although I like Glasgow, I've always preferred Edinburgh. (sharp intake of breath as I prepare to run quickly!!!)

jc said...

Hi Mob! I'm an ex Londoner but have been in the Highlands for the past 20 years - used to be married to a Glaswegian but he's now living in Edinburgh (am I allowed to mention that word!). Love you blog, by the way.

Melissa said...

MOB- Hi and thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I believe I have seen your blog before as a nominee or winner of an award but I can't remember which one. Probably the one you mentioned on your blog or a Blog of Note. Anyway, I feel honored that you visited me.

If you have a moment would you mind terribly voted for my photo of Anne Hathaway's cottage in this photo contest? www.britfancy.blogspot.com

The winner gets two tickets to London Walks which we will use next year on our trip. My son's father is from Glasgow so we will be visiting his family for a week and then London afterward. I'm really excited for it because neither of my guys have been to the UK and I can't wait to see it again through their eyes.

Again, thanks for popping in and I hope you'll return often.

Eddie Bluelights said...

Gosh that was challenging! Got most of it I think. Loved,
"Is that yer Ayrshire bacon?" etc.
I've said "Wee Beasties" but I'm not Scotch.

Now I've got one for you, whilst we are on the subject;
Q. How can you tell what clan a Scotsman belongs to?
A. Well it's a bit complicated
If you stick your hands up his kilt and it's a Quarter Pounder, he's a McDonald.
If he's wearing a condom he's a McIntosh.
If you can't find anything, he's been McNabbed.

There - hope you liked them ~ Eddie x
No I'm not wearing a kilt!!

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Deb – a sure you could have read a previous post if this one didn’t suit! Ta for leaving a message anyway.

David M – humour is the balm of the shattered soul.

Susie V – oh I laughed out loud at you using the subtext for Rab C! I completely understand though as it is a language all of its own. I did find your main blog – you have had such an interesting life.

JJ – ye cannae live wae a Scot an no unnerstaun the lingo! Ye huv tae learn oor lingo jist tae get a drink aff ae us! 10 out of 10 for the translation work. A*!

Akelamalu – even if ye didnae hae any Scots in ye, just being able tae faw aboot pished an no spill yer drink gets you honourary Scots status!

Carol oh you have great taste fur that wee lassie Littlebrowndog is a sooperb writer. I love her posts. Nice to see another Scot around besides Lorna F. Oh yes a poke! I used to ask for that when I first came down south – my how they looked at me like I wiz an eejit that wiz stoatin aboot huvin just dropped oot ae a tree!

French Fancy – Y’know I’ve seen you frequent a few of the blogs that I read and kept meaning to pop on over so welcome. I started up the HRT Babe blog for various reasons but I haven’t done much with it yet. Two months on HRT is still early days as it can take three months to kick in. I’ll have a look and see if you have an email address. I’m happy to swap experiences on the menopause an HRT with you. I have a great recipe for my Silver Bullet Soup – it’s my own recipe and it kills the inner bitch in me when I threaten to be the bitch from hell. I’ll happily share that with you because it truly works in a great way. Diet and exercise and a low GI diet are the keys – also reduce stimulants like coffee, tea and alcohol to control mood swings and hot flushes. There is a great site called Menopausematters.co.uk and it is worth joining as it is run by Dr Heather Curry – a superb Scot no less – and there is a minefield of information on there and great support.

Workingmum – brilliant I think we’ve all been there, mostly when someone is taking the mickey and expecting us to do something beyond the call of duty!

Lane – translation can be provided should you require it!
lBD – Peely wally is someone who looks like a ghost – very pale and interesting or sick looking after a night on the barf. Now Flower of Scotland is our national anthem don’t ya know?! I feel like huvin a wee sob when it strikes up at Murrayfield when the rugby is on or at New Years Eve and I am tired and emotional. I huvnae been to a Scottish wedding yet where they huvnae read oot the fitba scores!

Casdok – well done for persevering. It’s like learning Latin y’know. If you meet a Glaswegian anywhere else in the world, they’ll understand you , nae bother!

JC – welcome Hen. I love London – I lived there for 12 years and it has grabbed my heart. Now I have no problem with you preferring Edinburgh. It is after all the capital and a very beautiful city. But, in Glasgow, what you see is what you get; nae pretence, ribald earthy humour and a greeting from every person that passes yer way. Both cities are unique with special qualities and I love them both so no need for you to run for the hills then! You are too kind with our compliments!

Melissa – nae danger hen! I will happily pop along and stick a tick in the box for you. I found your great blog through another link and I am delighted to say that it is great to find some more UK sites to follow as I love the diversity of all the nationalities that I have discovered blogging. Thanks for the nice comment. Good luck, hope you win.

Eddie B – you old rogue you – what a great joke! Nice to see you blogging again.

Sandi McBride said...

oh gawd!!! A Douglas to the verra bone o me...and the blood o me...and the soul o me...lol...loved it loved it loved it!
hugs
Sandi

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Sandi - aye wae your humour ye are definitely a Scot! Glad you had a laugh hen!

cheshire wife said...

Thank you for visiting my blog.

I managed to decipher it, I think. My first proper job was working for a Glaswegian who appeared to run all his words together. At first it seemed like a foreign language but I soon got the hang of it.

French Fancy said...

thanks for the tips about life after the big M. I used to take this herbal supplement called Macafem (from the Macca root) and it helped a bit but I was getting very tired from not sleeping much and the hot flushes were driving me mad.

I'm on Activelle and so far it does seem to be suiting me very well. My flushes have ceased, I can sleep again, I'm not angry all the time - however I do realise that nothing comes without a price. I've read all the disadvantages of HRT and am going to join the site you recommended. Thanks for that.

French Fancy said...

p.s. - just tried to get into that site but it seems to be unavailable or discontinued

Lena said...

Guilty as chairged! Ma first love wiz fae Mulguy!

I'll be posting this tae a few pals but I've tae add 'fanny-baws' tae the list....! Wains learnin' ye yur native tongue..? Aufurf**ksake...!

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Cheshire Wife – that’s the thing about the Glaswegians – we talk at speed. I eventually had to slow down when I came to London as no one could understand me. The funniest thing I heard was of an Australian who came to Glasgow and couldn’t communicate with the Glaswegians as they didn’t understand her. She was advised to speak much faster and lo and behold, all the bus drivers and taxi drivers got what she said each time!

French Fancy – the HRT Babe sight doesn’t have anything of use on it right now but visiting Menopausematters will be just the jobbie for you. It is a wealth of information and a God-send for extreme symptoms.

Lena – see youze – ye can pronounce Mulguy nae borra! Whit duz fanny-baws mean? Ahm stumped!

Brett said...

Hi

I've just made you my blog of the week, there's an award on my blog and a little write up about your blog.

DJan said...

Oh my! I have just hit the Mother Lode! I saw your response to LOL and loved the name and as a TRUE post-menopausal old bag, I just had to find out about you, MOB. I see that NONE of your list of blogs are on my list, and oh dear, I guess my eyes are going to have to do double duty for a while. (The computer screen makes me see double after a coupla hours.) Too bad for my eyes!

Anyway, thank you for this post, I laughed at the ones I could make out.

clairedulalune said...

I loved this, and Rab C Nesbit was a constant feature in our house, We always loved it and reminded me of how it was the only thing my dad would watch on the telly and laugh at and not complain about! Thanks for your comment on me blog and a follower I have become. I have a feeling your blog is going to make me giggle! Thanks for finding me!

clairedulalune said...

Hiya, I loved your blog so much I tagged you to spread the word!

Omi said...

Hi, I've come here from clairedulalunes blog where she's tagged you. Very funy post, took me a while to read it, you should have heard me trying to pronounce it all, lol! Will come back again for a more thorough read of some other posts.

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Brett – I am very touched by your award and thank you. Your words were very kind and made my day!

Djan – thank you for such kind words. I hope you enjoy my reading list – they are a fine bunch of bloggers.

Clairedulalune – what a great take on the old French song! Thanks for tagging me; I will try to get around to it, just a bit busy at the moment. You are so positive and your tag was very welcome. Glad you had a laugh but as I say, the posts is anonymous so I can’t take the credit for such terrific humour.

Omi – it is another language so it will take some time to read it. It’s best to read it out loud – so very funny when you hear it back!

hearwritenow said...

Thanks for a great laugh! Although I'm not Scottish I have dear friends in Shetland where I spent the best Xmas ever (would you believe it didn't snow?) I also worked for a Glaswegian so I do my best impression of her accent when I'm reading my family Terry Pratchett's Feegle scenes in the Tiffany Aching books.

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Heartwrite now – welcome and thanks for popping by. I bet your Scottish accent is good given the amount of Glaswegians who emigrated to Australia as part of the ten pound pom scheme 30 years ago.

Robynn's Ravings said...

This was GREAT! Of course, I couldn't read half of it and only qualified for the "wee beasties" remark. I use that a lot. Too much exposure to Beatrix Potter's Mr. MacGregor! And, of course, me great-grandfather came from Scotland on me mother's side. So there's that. And don't forget our new patriot, Craig Ferguson. My late night favorite here!

You were so sweet to leave me comments in my absence. Love and Haggis to you!

Absolutely Write said...

I think I'm 0% Scottish, but enjoyed all that anyway!

G.H. said...

Beautiful. Reminds me of when my mom would return home from her trips.

Love your blog


http://confessions-of-a-waitress.blogspot.com/

Around My Kitchen Table said...

A Devonian stumpwort says: "Huh?"

Lakeland Jo said...

I have spent lots and lots of time working in Scotland and have quite a few friends up there. I think I got the jist of that!

Lakeland Jo said...

Like Stinking Billy- I thought clarts and clarty was pure Geordie too

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

R’s Ravings – oh you are most definitely part Scottish with that heritage on yer ma’s side!

Absolutely Write – och yea dinnae hae tae be Scottish to appreciate a good bit of wit!

G.H. welcome and thanks for such a nice comment.

AMKT – que?!

Lakeland Jo – as long as ye got the gist that’s all you need!

Mo said...

A lot of good laughs in this well written blog.

rickps said...

Hey, I must have Scottish blood - I actually understood the post. And laughed out loud.

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Mo - thank you for such a nice comment.

RickPS - it's all that Scottish blood prevalent in the country from all the emigre's that mean you can understand it!

Edward said...

Great blog - as the son of a Scot I'm ashamed to say that I'm not as conversant as I should be. By the way, have you seen David Mitchell's soapbox, where he argues (very well, I think) against spending money preserving Gaelic? It's here:

http://www.channelflip.com/2009/06/25/david-mitchell%E2%80%99s-soapbox-gaelic/

PurestGreen said...

You have no email, so just a note to let you know I'm putting your name in the hat for my cookbook draw. I warned that anyone who commented on the post would be included:) Draw is on Monday - I'll post a wee note about it.

I do love this post. I hope all is well with you and the summer is treating you gently.

ciara said...

i have scottish ancestors, but i don't think that counts...while this made me laugh, i had nary a clue what some of it was. just guessed lol

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Edward – ah that would explain your wonderful sharp wit! I’ll have a look at that site you suggested.

Purestgreen – ah ta hen for the entry. The weather has been better than last year for a change but i often wonder why I live in this country when the weather is to awfully horrid each summer.

Ciara – anytime you need a translation all you have to do is ask!

Robynn's Ravings said...

You gave me excellent advice. Now send the HOOCH! :)

Snowbrush said...

I enjoyed this even if I didn't understand most of it, including what a haun is.

Celeste Maia said...

Fascinating blog you have. I "found"it after reading the comment you left at Mother of Shrek's. So informative and so true. I have spent the last hour reading your past entires and really enjoyed and identifies with everything you write.
I live in Spain, but am now in Portugal for the summer. Started a blog about a month ago. I am a painter and children's book writer and illustrator. So I am just discovering all the really interesting and intelligent blogs. I have become another of your many followers.

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menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Robyn – God if only I could remember what advice I gave you, I might use it myself! Hooch on the way!

Snowbrush – we aim to please! But I am a fraud – someone else wrote this.

Celeste – welcome and thank you for such nice comments. Don’t have too high an expectation of my post – I will no doubt let you down at some point!

Brett – I will surely pop over, I am of course after the freebie!

Maggie May said...

Where are you MOB?

My dad always thought we had some Scottish in us from somewhere way back! I expect we all do!
I have always found Scottish people to be exceptionally friendly and warm. I love the accent!

Housewifeinthehighlands said...

Love it MOB! I always measure distance in minutes.

Sherri said...

I linked over from the Blood-Red Pencil blog. What a hoot!

I haven't been to Scotland...yet...a sin I WILL rectify if it kills me, LOL. But I'm a Scot through and through being a Barclay on my mother's side and Watson/Fowlie/Beatie on my father's.

Thanks for sharing it.

Eileen said...

Jings, crivens, help ma' bob! I havnae laughed like that for ages!
When I went to Uni in Dundee you soon learned the lingo - if you couldn't communicate with the cleaners in Hall you'd had it. Like all language skills, though, it fades with lack of use. My daughter and grandchildren (all native born Scots) live in the Kingdom - now there's an interesting manner o' speaking!
I hope as I trawl through more of your blogs there will more gems.