Juuso's Blog: Understanding Scottish Words as an International Student
One thing that international students might have problems with (at least at the start of term) is understanding Scottish words and phrases. The first few weeks I spent in Scotland I had to literally keep asking people to repeat what they said. And sometimes I didn’t understand half of the words no matter what! Let’s face it… some of the words are very odd and don’t really make sense at all. But here is a list of the most common (at least in my point of view) words and phrases that people use.
aye – yes
bawbag – idiot / stupid / annoying
cannae – cannot
cheers – cheers / you’re welcome/ goodbye / thanks
greet – cry
hogmanay – New Year’s Eve
ken – know / know what I mean
mate – friend
maw – mum
mingin – stinking / gross / terrible
naw – no
noo – now
tattie – potato
tea – dinner (can also be tea. I KNOW?! Makes no sense whatsoever)
wee – little / small / tiny
yer – your / you’re
There is a lot more to list but if you know these you can survive! I hope this helps and clears some stuff out!
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