Useful Scottish Slang Words and Phrases Such as Fit Like Min, Aye And Ya Bas
I have put together a wee list of useful Scottish slang words and phrases, which I feel will be of benefit to anybody that has got any Scottish friends or is planning on travelling to Scotland.
I have heard it said from a few different sources that when I’m in the company of or on the phone with another Scottish person we talk funny! Even though I was born only 500 or so miles from London, our accents and local slang words are almost like a foreign language in comparison to the so called Queens English.
I must admit when I’m in a shop, café or restaurant and the person serving is from Poland, India or Outer Mongolia I like to confuse them by using as much Scottish slang words as possible.
I personally only use a few Scottish slang in my normal vocabulary. I also have never talked broad Scots or with a really heavy Scottish accents, I come from Aberdeen, which is mostly more refined than many places in Scotland!
Useful Scottish Slang Words & Phrases
- Aberdonian – “someone from Aberdeen”
- Auld – “old” it is often used to refer to old people, such as “ye auld bastard”.
- Aye – this is one that I use on a regular basis, it means, “yes”. I have read somewhere that it also means, “always”. I’m born and bred Scottish and I have never once in my life used the word aye, to mean always.
- Bam – “uneducated delinquent”.
- Bairn – “little child”
- Blether – “is to have a long talk”.
- Bonnie – “beautiful”.
- Bide – “ where you live”, such as “ I bide in Kilburn”
- Cannae – “cant”, such as you cannae make it to the pub for pint, because your wife wont let you out.
- Deid – “dead”.
- Dyke – this one will confuse you all, it is a “wall”. Not an ugly lesbian that looks like a man.
- Fae – “from” such as in “faur you fae”, “I’m fae Aberdeen”.
- Faur – “where”.
- Fit like min – this phrase basically means, “how are you”.
- Hogmanay – “New Years Eve”.
- Havering – “to talk a load of rubbish or nonsense”
- Neap – has two meanings, firstly it is what we call a “turnip” or “swede”. As well as someone who is an “idiot”.
- Rammy, Is what seems to happen when the youths of London have had a couple of shandies, “a fight”.
- Quine – this one is used a fair bit back in certain parts of Aberdeen, it means “girl” or “lass” and not just young girls. I have even heard old strong Doric speakers use quine to refer to auld grannies.
- Wee – “small” or “little”
- Ya Bas – “you Bastard”
- Ye – “you” such as “Freedom Come All Ye”
I have tried to use in my list of words or phrases, ones that are more commonly used. I could have created a list with thousands of words, “but I hinae got a day min”.
I have also for obvious reason included some words from my part of Scotland, which will differ from words used in places like Glasgow or the Highlands.