Twenty-first in a series birl (burl) Dialect, chiefly Scot. ~v. 1. to spin around, to revolve rapidly. 2. a whistle; the sound made by a whistle. ~adv. birlin’ (“Ah tell ye, efter a’ that dancin’ ma heid’s fair birlin’“).
Twenty-second in a series thrawn (th·raw·n) Dialect, chiefly Scot. ~adj. 1. twisted; distorted or misshapen. 2. stubborn or obstinate (often in “Jeez O, yer a thrawn auld bugger!“). 3. to be cross; in a dour or sullen mood.
Twenty-third in a series greet (gree·t) Dialect, chiefly Scot. ~v. 1. to cry, weep. 2. gravel or grit. ~adv. 3. greetin’ (“Stope greetin’! It wisnae that sair.“) ~adj. 4. greetin’ face cry baby; one who is prone to tears or constantly miserable.
Twenty-fourth in a series skiver (sky·ver) Dialect, chiefly Scot. ~n. 1. one who avoids tasks or work in general; a shirker. [see also sloper] 2. a splinter of wood embedded in the skin (also skelf). ~v. 3. skive (“Ah cannae be arsed wi’ this – ahm away fur a skive.“)
Twenty-fifth in a series wheesht (whee·sht) Dialect, chiefly Scot. ~v. 1. a call for quiet or silence; used as an interjection Wheesht! to bring about or continue, the silence of others. ~esp. children (often in “Will ye wheesht, you pair! Ma heid’s loupin!“). 2. quiet, hushed [haud yer wheesht is to hold one’s tongue].
Twenty-sixth in a series fouter (foo·tir) Dialect, chiefly Scot. 1. ~n. one who muddles through; aimless, exasperating person (“Yer a fouter, gie it tae me, ah’ll dae it!“). 2. ~v. a fiddly, troublesome task or job (“This is a right fouter, this“) ~adv. foutering (“Yer foutering aboot! Stope it!“) [Similar to gitter].
Twenty-seventh in a series eejit (ee·jit) Dialect, chiefly Scot. ~n. 1. idiot, simpleton, one not possessed of all their mental faculties; one who is unable to properly conduct their own affairs (as in “Yer aff yer heid, ye eejit. That’s no’ a real dug“) [see also bawheid, dunderheid]
I began the Your Scottish Slang Word O’ The Day series a month ago primarily as an exercise in motivating myself to blog daily with the potentially beneficial side effect of amusing [all?] my reader[s?] out there. I believe that it has been a resounding success, at least insofar as it has gotten me to […]