21 words you'll know if your granny is from Scotland

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Does your granny ever tell you to stop looking so glaikit, offer to make you a piece or talk about going to the baths?

There are plenty of words and phrases commonly used by older generations of Scots that are falling out of fashion among younger people. Here are some of the most common ones.

Help your granny to keep old Scots words alive. (Picture: Shutterstock)

Help your granny to keep old Scots words alive. (Picture: Shutterstock)

Skite
Meaning: To strike an object with a glancing blow.
Example: I’ll skite you across the ear if you don’t pay attention.

The baths
Meaning: Swimming pool.
Example: I’m just going to the baths for a swim.

The dancin’
Meaning: Going to a dance hall.
Example: I met your grandpa at the dancin’ back in 1969.

Thon
Meaning: That, yon, indicating something more distant in place or time.
Example: My grandson is sitting another of thon exams next week.

The New Victoria Cinema at Surgeons' Hall, Edinburgh, would have been referred to as 'the pictures' in times gone by. (Picture: TSPL)

The New Victoria Cinema at Surgeons' Hall, Edinburgh, would have been referred to as 'the pictures' in times gone by. (Picture: TSPL)

Clype
Meaning: To tell tales about or inform against someone or be a person who tells tales or informs against someone.
Example: Eleanor clyped on her pal to the teacher. She’s a real wee clype!

The messages
Meaning: The shopping.
Example: I’ll get the messages when I’m in the town.

Footer
Meaning: To fidget or fumble.
Example: Stop footerin about, you!

Glaikit
Meaning: Stupid, foolish and thoughtless person or action.
Example: Don’t just stand there lookin’ glaikit!

Swimming pools in Scotland were commonly referred to as "the baths". (Picture: TSPL)

Swimming pools in Scotland were commonly referred to as "the baths". (Picture: TSPL)

Drookit
Meaning: Drenched, soaked through.
Example: You’re drooket after being out in that torrential rain.

Bahookie
Meaning: A person’s bottom.
Example: Sit down on your bahookie and behave!

Keek
Meaning: Look or peek.
Example: Take a wee keek at the scones I made, but don’t eat any!

Stookie
Meaning: A plaster cast for a broken bone.
Example: He’s got a stookie on after breaking his arm.

Piece
Meaning: A sandwich.
Example: I’ve got a cheese piece for my lunch.

Sleekit
Meaning: Sneaky.
Example: That lassie can’t be trusted - she’s awful sleekit.

Hirple
Meaning: Limp, stumble.
Example: Yer daddy is hirpling about after his fall.

Jings
Meaning: Exclamation of surprise, damn it.
Example: Jings, I can’t believe Henry is in the court files of the paper again!

Coorie in
Meaning: Snuggle, nestle.
Example: Come here and coorie in, you look cold.

Stoater
Meaning: Anything of good quality.
Example: That goal was a stoater!

Yonder
Meaning: In the distance.
Example: See that man over yonder?

Skelp
Meaning: Smack, hit.
Example: I'll give you a skelp if you don't do what you're told.

The pictures
Meaning: The cinema.
Example: Me and your granny went to the pictures for our first date.