50 Scottish slang words translated: funniest and best sayings and slang phrases from Scotland - and what they mean in English

Scotland is a melting pot of unique dialects resulting in some truly special examples of slang

Still Game characters Jack and Victor regularly use Scottish slang (BBC)
Still Game characters Jack and Victor regularly use Scottish slang (BBC)

Though English is the first language in Scotland, Scots and Gaelic have both played a vital part in shaping everyday language often used by citizens of Scotland up and down the country.

From everyday turns of phrase to cutting insults, Scottish slang is capable of being both poetic and humorous.

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Here’s a starter glossary of essentials for anyone new to Scotland or anyone looking to reacquaint themselves with Caledonian colloquialisms

Compliments

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Bonnie – beautiful

Braw – good looking

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Failing means yer playin! – it’s the taking part that counts

Gallus – bold, daring, bordering on arrogant

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Gie it laldy – Give it your best

Lang may yer lum reek – long may you live

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Pure dead brilliant – very good

Tidy – beautiful

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Every day objects and body parts

Claes – clothes

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Geggi – mouth

Geks – glasses

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Gutties – shoes

Heid – head

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Lugs – ears

Tassie – cup

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Yaks – eyes

Insults

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All his eggs are double-yoakit – he’s full of rubbish

Awa’ an bile yer heid – translating as away and boil your head, this simply means ‘get lost’

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Bampot – a mad idiot

Dafty – fool

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Eejit – idiot

Fandan – pretentious idiot

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Get tae – go away

Glaikit – stupid

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Haud yer wheesht – be quiet

Heid-the-baw – idiot

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Mink – dirty person

Roaster – someone being an idiot

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Rocket – annoying or crazy person

Sook – soft

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Walloper – idiot

Rude

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Bahookie – one’s backside

Bawbag – scrotum

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Bawhair – a pubic hair; typically used to indicate a very short distance

Cludgie – toilet

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Bowfin’ – used for something that makes you want to be sick

Terms for being drunk

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Blootered

Mad wae it

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Oot yer nut

Pished

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Rat arsed

Steaming

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Miscellaneous

Hoachin’ – very busy

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It’s a sair ficht for half a loaf – life is difficult

Jings – wow

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Ken – to know

Nae danger – no chance

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Patch – to ignore

Scunnert – bored, fed up.