Your Scottish Slang Word O’ The Day: Gallus

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gallus
(ga·luss) Dialect, chiefly Scot ~adj.
1. self-confident, daring, cheeky.
2. stylish, impressive (esp. Glasgow “He’s pure gallus, by the way“).
3. Orig. derogatory, meaning wild; a rascal; deserving to be hanged (from the gallows).

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Linda Dove (nee Duguid) Friday, June 18, 2010 at 10:44 pm

thansk for not only a trip down memory lane but laughs…many thanks – these were words I heard growing up, used daily, and still discussed over dinner with the family.

I think it much more likely that “gallus” is from the French word “gallante” meaning fashionable.

    Gallus is from ”gallows” – to describe a low person in the mob who yelled and shouted humourous or abusive remarks when viewing public hangings.

Scots is a language, not a “dialect”!

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