I’ve compiled a list of the most recent “Scottish” words I’ve heard and had to have defined. Some of these words are a little strange, but you won’t believe how often I hear each of these words. It might have something to do with the fact my running group is 100% pure Aberdonians.
And I will also note, I know some of these words aren’t exclusively Scottish or Doric…some are but some are just UK terms I guess. But since I’m hearing ‘em here first, I’m considering them Scottish.
Plaster – Band Aid
Jabby – Prickly
Nae – Not
Bairn – Child
Bonnie – Beautiful
Fizzy – Carbonated or Sour(ish) (I think on the latter since I got fizzy gummies)
Minky – Trashy/Ghetto (not sure on spelling)
Dobs – Mud/Muddy (strange as it is, “We came home and my dog was all dobs.”)
Stroppy – Fussy/Cranky
Broody – Yearning for motherhood/to be with child
Chuffed – Happy/Pleased
Inch – Island
Loch – Lake
Burn – River/Creek
Squint – This means either a lazy eye OR crooked
Brothy House – From wiki: “basic shelter, usually left unlocked and available for anyone to use free of charge.” I encountered this on a hike…neat idea. No plumbing or heat.
Rowie or Buttery – an insanely addictive roll, filled with fat and grease and salt. From wiki: “The buttery was originally made for the fishermen sailing from Aberdeen’s harbour. They needed a roll that would not become stale during the two weeks or more that they were at sea. The high fat content meant the rolls also provided an immediate energy source.”
I forgot to grab a picture, but a couple weeks ago (to kick off my carb-loading pre marathon) I went to Aitkins Bakery (where the locals told me were the best rowie) and E & I each had a fresh, warm rowie. Holy god. The first few bites I couldn’t understand why anyone liked them…but by the last bite I was salivating and craving more…I think they might have heroin in them. Thankfully, we were already driving home. I am sure these have at least 2,000 calories in them so I’ll reserve heading to Aitkins for only when we have visitors and that want the full cultural Aberdeen experience.