Top 37 Scottish terms for Scotland’s weather including “taps aff” for the sun

It’s not enough to just say “wet and windy” in Scotland as over a hundred Scottish words exist for ‘rain’ alone.

The weather regularly dominates headlines in Scotland and (as is the norm with Scottish habits) you can expect to hear many people complaining about it as that’s a popular national pastime. Most likely that’s why the word “dreich” (Scots for grey or damp weather) was voted the ‘most iconic Scots word’ a few years ago.

The University of Glasgow found 400 Scottish words for ‘snow’ and over a hundred for ‘rain’, but don’t be intimidated - here are just 37 Scottish terms to describe Scotland’s beloved yet chaotic weather.

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