Your Scottish Slang Scots Word O’ The Day: Wabbit

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(wah·bit) Dialect, chiefly Scot ~adj.
1. exhausted, out of breath, unable to function due to extreme tiredness (as in “Playin’ wi’ thae weans has gote me wabbit“). [similar to puggled]

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After climbing up Kaimes Road and crossing over to descend via Clermiston I felt fair wabbit ,a mix of feeling faint, even ill and due to asthma and old age and forgetting to take my inhaler.
Another day I decided to set in line most of the thirty 3×2 concrete slabs laid originally to park my car off road following which I was fair puggled but far from ill.
Dave – short for the Gaelic Daibhidh

Can you tell me the correct spelling of the phrase, fair ferfauchen, my granny always said this when she was really tired and struggling. Thank you

Why “slang” word of the day? It is just a Scottish word typical of many we were forbidden to use at school in a vain attempt to stamp out our heritage.

Would agree with the first commenter. In our family (from Kintyre) “wabbit” always had connotations of being out of sorts – a tiredness that came from being unwell rather than simply tired from physical exhaustion.

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