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Scottish Slang Words

Glaswegian English Example and Translation
Aboot About Hows aboot we huv a fish supper fur tea.

I consider it a very good idea that we have a healthy serving of fish and chips for our dinner.

Abune Above  
Act it Behave badly / Trying it on Yer no' gettin' oany sweeties so stop acting it.

Darling, mummy is unable to purchase you a maga size Mars Bar, so stop having that tantrum in the supermarket isle and knocking over those boxes of eggs.

Acquant Acquaint  


Aff Off Ah'm aff tae the pub.

I am going for a short visit to our local hostelry - I'll be back in about a week.

Aff-pit Excuse  
Affrontit Embarrassed Ah wis fair affronted when my knickers fell doon it the party.

That 'Only eat two carrots a day' diet must be working - and who cares if everyone saw yesterday's washing!

Afore Before  
Aft Often But Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!.

From To A Mouse by Robert Burns

Agee Askew  
Ages The same age as Ah'm ages wae Jimmy.

I am sixty, Jimmy is forty - but I like to make people think we're the same age.

Agley or Aglae Wrong / Not to plan But Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!.

From To A Mouse by Robert Burns

Ah I Ah luv ye so Ah dae!

I have consumed far too much alcohol and feel the need to tell you how wonderful you are - but don't worry I am not gay.

Aheid Ahead  
Ahin Behind  
Ahin-haun Late  
Ahmur  I am Ahmur yer best mate so Ah um.

Sorry I slept with your girlfriend - can we still be friends?

Ah'mno I am not Ah'mno pickin' up aw your trash.

Your sixteen now - it's time to start tidying your own bedroom.

Ahmurny / Ahmurnie I am not Ahmurny goin' tae ra pub.

I am telling you lies- again.

Aiblins Perhaps  
Ain Own That's ma ain wee car so it is.

I stole this Vauxhall Nova last night.

Aince Once Aince upon a time there wis three bears so there wis.
Aipple Apple  
Airm Arm  
Airn Iron  
Aither Either  
Alang  Along Extract from To a Mouse by Robert Burns

But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain;
The best-laid schemes o' mice an 'men
Gang aft agley,
An'lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!

Full Poem - To a Mouse

Alane Alone  
Alwiz / Alwis Always  
Amna Am not  

Am ur

I am

Ur ye goin' tae the jigging thenight

Am ur - ur you.

Aye am ur tae.

Amurny I am not  
An'all                           And all  
Ane One  
Anither Another  
Apairt Apart Ye couldnae tell them apeirt so ye couldnae

I'm just back from seeing Betty's new twin girls.

Arasaid Tartan wrap worn by Scottish women.

(Though not much of a fashion statement no there are still craftsmen and women who will make you an Arasaid

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Arasaid Scottish dress

Argie-bargie A row or arguement  
Arnae Aren't  
Aroon' Around  
ASBO Anti-Social Behaviour Order



ASBO graffitti

Ra wean's goat an ASBO!

Dear little Channel has been given an Anti-Social Behaviour Order for kicking Old Mr McGrimm and stealing his pension - what a darling she is and she's not even six.

Oor Jimmy Goat an ASBO by Stuart McLean
It wis jist before his birthday,
He wis very nearly six,
That oor Jimmy broke those windies,
Way some dirt great big bricks.
Then he kicked old Mister Brown,
And telt him tae ‘fuck aff’,
Relieved him o’ his pension,
And cut his walkin’ stick in haff.

Aye, oor Jimmy is a right wee lad,
He’s alwis full o’ fun,
But he’s only at his happiest,
When he’s playin’ wae his gun.
He shoots at cats and dogs and stuff,
And people on their bikes,
He disnae mean them any herm,
It’s jist somethin’ thit he likes.

Jimmy goat a birthday present,
A man frae The Council called,
Presented him wae an ASBO,
And said he wis appalled.
Ah’m takin’ Jimmy oot taenight,
The wee lad cannae wait,
We’re off doon tae McDonalds,
Tae fuckin’ celebrate.
[From No' Rabbie Burns by Stuart McLean]

Aside Beside / Away Ah'll put the blouse aside for ye.

I will put the blouse under the counter - you can collect it when you get your wages.

Asking Enquiring after (healthwise) Tell yer maw Ah'm asking efter her.

Tell your mother that I enquired whether she is in good health - though, to tell you the truth, I couldn't give a damn.

Athort Across  

At it

a) Up to mischief

b) Making love

He says they wur at it all night.

Away - he's just at it.


He says they were making love all night.

Yeah right - he's just pulling your leg.

Atween Between  
Auld Old Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

Chorus.-For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne

Shit - it's the New Year again!!

Auld Cloutie The Devil


Auld-faither Grandfather

A typical Glaswegian Grandfather

A typical Scottish Grandfather

Auld lang syne Times gone by Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp,
And surely I'll be mine,
And we'll tak a cup o kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine,
But we've wander'd monie a weary fit,
Sin auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin auld lang syne.

And there's a hand my trusty fiere,
And gie's a hand o thine,
And we'll tak a right guid-willie waught,
For auld lang syne

Auldjin Anyone who is five years older than you are Away ye go auldjin and get yer pension in.

A small cheque awaits you at the Post Office which will provide you with enough money to buy two loafs and a pound of lard to keep you going for a week.

Auld-mither Grandmother

A typical Glaswegian Grandmother

In certain areas of Glasgow it is traditional to get pregnant at 13.

Many Grandmothers are only 26 years old.

 Glaswegian Girl Grandmother

Awa Away  
Awa an bile yer heid Please go away and stop annoying me  
Away A multipurpose word to express shock or disbelief. You passed your exams? Away - you did not!

How could a thickhead like you get a Grade D in Woodwork?

A wee meenit A short period of time Ah'll be ready tae go oot in a wee meenit

I am going to have a bath, phone some friends, put on my make-up, choose a dress to wear - - - I will see you in about 3 hours and yes - we will be late for the theatre.

Aw / Awe All  
Awe / Aw All  
Awfy Awful / Very Thit's an awfy good cup o tea - when Ah make it it's awfy.

Your tea good - my tea shit.

Awright All right Ya awright there Jimmy?

Aye Ah'm fine - how's yerself?

Good morning my dearest James and I trust that you are doing well.
Yes, I am excellent. Dare, may I ask, how are you?

Ay Yes  
Aye                                Always / Yes  
Ayebydan Everlasting  
Aye Right Absolutely not!!! - A sarcastic response to a question - any question.

"Can you tell me the time?"

"Aye Right!"


"Can you tell me the time?"

"How dare you approach me in the street and suggest that I have stolen this painting by Van Gough - if I weren't hurrying to the pub to pass it on I'd give you a Glasgow Kiss"

Ayeways Always  
Ayont Beyond  

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