Your Scottish Slang Scots Word O’ The Day: Drouth

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(droo·th) Dialect, chiefly Scot ~n.
1. drought; long or extreme period of weather without precipitation.
2. thirst, dry mouth, usually caused by excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages the previous night (“Man, ah must’ve hud ten pints last night. Ah’ve got an awfy drouth“). A typical cure would involve more liquid refreshment. [see hair o’ th’ dug]

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  1. I find this site a nostalgic delight. It brings back memorys of life in Ayrshire and Dumfriesshire. one word Icant recall having heard outside of Ayrshire is Sinnery (I gead it a cau wi a hammer and it fell sinnery) to bits! Thank you for a most entertaining site. Regards Bob McDicken.

  2. hey
    just wanted to say i love that your doing this,its flattering you guys over the water are even interested in our daft wee words,.
    you should watch the film sweet sixteen(its subtitles in the usa),a stunning newish drama set it glasgow,and the whole films in weegie and scots.

  3. Thanks for helping me describe what ‘drouth’ means. Helps the local venacular.
    Dorothy Walker, Dumfries /London.

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