15 Scottish words you won't have heard

SCOTS in the 18th century would have little trouble recognising most of the words on this list, but sadly the passage of time has made nearly all of them extinct.

Scots living in the 18th century would have been able to understand this list of words.
Scots living in the 18th century would have been able to understand this list of words.

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.

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Boushty / Bushtie-ba - An old Scottish word meaning ‘bed’. The word originates from the French word boiste, meaning ‘wooden box’.

Illwillie is an old Scottish word meaning bad-tempered.

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.

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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.

Mell was another way to say mix together or mingle.
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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.

Illwillie is an old Scottish word meaning bad-tempered.

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’.

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Illwillie - Bad-tempered, ill-natured (often used to describe unruly animals).

Example: An ill willy cow should have short horns.

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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.





Mell was another way to say mix together or mingle.