The poem is written using a Scots dialect. Some of the words might be familiar to you. Some might not. Don’t worry- this glossary will help you to understand the meanings of any of the Scots words that you might not know.

The words are in alphabetical order so you can use the glossary like a dictionary and if you speak another language, you can add those word(s) too.

Scots word

English word/phrase

In my language

aboot

about 

 

aff

off

 

Ah

I

 

aroon

around 

 

aulder

older

 

bealin’

enraged 

 

blether

chat

 

coory 

to stay safe by being close to others

 

couldnae

could not

 

daein'

I

 

doobt

doubt

 

doon

down

 

een

eyes

 

fae

from

 

family/faimilies

family/families

 

feart

scared, frightened

 

Fitba’

football

 

fur

for

 

freens

friends

 

gie

give

 

greet/gret

cry/cried

 

Hail

whole

 

Heidie

head teacher

 

Hooses

houses

 

high-heid yin 

a high-up person in an organisation

 

joab

job

 

jing-bang

everything

 

jist

just

 

ken/kent

know knew

 

kiddie-on

pretend, false

 

lassies

girls

 

maist

most

 

malarkey

nonsense

 

naw

no

 

noo

now

 

oan

on

 

oor

our

 

oot

out

 

schule

school

 

scrivin’

writing

 

shou’der

shoulder

 

speil

story

 

stairted

started, began to

 

tae to

to

 

thegether

together

 

twa

two

 

understaun’

understand

 

wan one

one

 

weil

well

 

wi’oot

without

 

weans

children

 

wee

little

 

whit

what

 

wiz

was

 

wurnae

were not

 

yer

your

 

yin

one

 

glasgow girls

 

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