14 Oct 2022
"Scotstober" is a month-long Twitter event where a calendar of daily words is produced in advance, and people then produce art, poetry, or share pre-existing content that references that word.
On October 14, the word is "clap" which means to pat or smooth an animal, such as a dog or cat.
It made may think of other Scotticisms that might be confusing to visitors, and so I pulled together this not-so-handy phrasebook, which only really tells you what the Scotticisms don't mean.
For non-Scots speakers who want in on the joke:
- a play piece is a snack intended for consumption at "play time", i.e. the morning interval at primary school
- a loon is the word used for a boy in Aberdeenshire, where the dialect is known as Doric
- an oxter is the word for armpit (Scots has lots of vocabulary for body parts)
- to hing aboot means to hang about, or to loiter
- ye ken is Scots for "you know", typically suffixed at the end of sentences
- to greet means to cry
- a coupon is the word for the face
- a coo is a cow
- to clap a dog means to smooth or stroke it
- to get steamin means to get drunk
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