Your Scottish Slang Scots Word O’ The Day: Besom

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(biz·um) Dialect, chiefly Scot -n.
1. obstreperous girl or woman; female upstart (as in “Dinnae pou’ yer brither’s hair, ya wee besom“)
2. woman of low moral standing; a hussy (“Thon yin’s a right mucky besom“).
3. a broomstick or scourge; any broom made from loose twigs
4. a comet or its tail.

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My family’s all Scottish born and we’ve always said bism/bism/bizm/ (sp?). We’ve always pronounced it as an “i”, as in an “it” sound. But that’s us 🙂

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