IT’S official, bawbag, the Scots word popularised by TV shows like Chewin’ the Fat and Still Game, has made its way into an English dictionary.
Defined as a noun and ‘very informal’ by Macmillan’s Open Dictionary, Bawbag is described as referring to a scrotum; and whereas in Scots it’s considered to be a term of endearment, the dictionary’s definition mentions that it could be taken as an insult in English.
The phrase is considered to be traditional Scots slang but in recent times has gained popularity through its use in TV shows like Chewin’ the Fat and Still Game. The Macmillan Open Dictionary allows users to submit words for approval by its editors.
The word also famously hit the headlines when the phrase ‘Hurricane Bawbag’ was coined on Twitter to describe a storm that hit Scotland in 2011.
The phrase went on to trend on Twitter, reach national news and inspire a range of T-shirts “Hurricane Bawbag: A load of old wind” and numerous YouTube tributes.
It was even discussed in a political debate at Holyrood.