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Your Scottish Slang Word O’ The Day: Mauchit

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mauchit
(maw·kit) Dialect, chiefly Scot -adj. dirty, filthy, sticky, muddy.
Cf. Mauchy, Mochy, Maukie, Mawkit. (see also Manky, Clarty)
(often used in ‘Lookit the colour o’ ye, ya mauchit wee to’rag’).

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4 Comments

  1. George Moffat George Moffat

    Derived from Mawk–a maggot. If something is “mawkit” it is (literally) crawling with “mawks” or maggots.

  2. Donald MacLean Donald MacLean

    Hello. Recently read a book “A Small Death in the Great Glen” by A. D. Scott, which was full of Scottish words — of which I made a list. Grew up in Scotland, though lived in Australia for the last 50 odd years. Surprised at how many of these words were charmingly familiar. Here’s the list, minus the eleven that already appear in your list of 28. Yours Aye. Donald.
    Dwam, Coorie,Peching, Peched, Bourach, Dreich, Birl, Haar, Peely-Wally, Girning, Haud on, Brae, Feart, Clootie, Blethering, Awfy, Tarn, Clachans, Gaeltacht, Sleikit, Cobals, Havers, Panjandrum, Wally Dugs, Neb, Plook, Guising, Gabbing, Keeker, Dooking, Slainte Mhath, Corbies, Jammies, Numpty, Breeks, Skirl, Nyaffs, Clype, Flit

    • Cheryl Cheryl

      Hah, I very recently read the same book and did the same thing you did, although I think you may have caught more than me. A lot of them were easy to figure out because of context.

  3. Hamerdoon Hamerdoon

    Scots is NOT slang.

    http://www.scotslanguage.com/ or http://www.dsl.ac.uk/

    This is about much, much more than a proposition that we lighten up – we get this nonsense endlessly as part of the Scottish cultural cringe. The slang description has been and is used to diminish our proud and ancient linguistic heritage to be considered little more than a dialect of English, spoken only by uneducated peasants. There is a reason for this – Americans might think of the native American analogy – once considered uncivilised barbarians by the colonialists. You may also wish to consider the past English perception of Irishness and of their culture and language. It keeps us in our place, our own people unaware of its history, beauty and meaning. So unfortunately, describing our language as slang is hugely insulting as well as being ignorant (uneducated in fact – oh the irony). No offence intended, and I do know your uninformed description wasn’t meant to be offensive to over a million Scots speakers.

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