We take a look at 15 lost Scottish words , forgotten over time.
Flumgummery - A foolish or frivolous thing or action, another way to say tomfoolery.
Boushty / Bushtie-ba - An old Scottish word meaning ‘bed’. The word originates from the French word boiste, meaning ‘wooden box’.
Example - Cum yer wa’s, my wee dawtie, an a’ll pit ye t’yir bonnie bushtie-ba.
Ferntickle - Ferntickles, once thought to be a result of being touched by fairies, are often associated with Scots of a fairer complexion - particularly redheads.
The term derives from the Middle English term farntikylle; tickle also refers to the size of freckles, much like the word pickle does.
Sugg - Slovenly / fat or lazy, easy-going and particularly used to describe a woman or a child.
Example: Ye rank amon’ the lazy sugs.
Rummelieguts - A Scottish word meaning ‘windbag’.
Haggersnash - Offal, scraps of meat.
Example: There must hae been an awfu’ haggersnash o’ tongues.
Snowke - To sniff around like a dog.
Penny-wabble - An old dialect word for weak, watered-down beer.
Example: Hopefully his taste won’t be penny-wabble.
Moggan - An old Scottish word meaning a long sock or a stocking.
Pilleurichie - A to-do or hullaballo.
Example: That’s an awfu’ pillarachie the hens are hadin’ this mornin’.
Illwillie - Bad-tempered, ill-natured (often used to describe unruly animals).
Example: An ill willy cow should have short horns.
Mell- To mix together or to mingle. Heididpeer - To be of equal height
Jimp - Vertigo, dizziness, light-headedness.
Example: A cog o’ gude liquor May whyles gar the mirligoes dance in our e’e.
Ramstoorie - Slap-dash, rough and ready.