A Guide to Scottish Slang

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Whilst Scotland is English speaking, the Scots have many of their own slang words that you may not know the meaning of. These words can be confusing but at the same time entertaining!


In this article, we clarify exactly what they mean when you hear certain words or phrases.



This one is simple and one you will hear a lot. It simply means ‘yes’


Ma heid’s mince

You may here this when someone is confused or their ‘head is mixed up.’



If someone says it is ‘baltic’ it means that it is rather cold. “It is Baltic out there today!”


“They are flitting”

Flitting in Scotland means moving, therefore this phrase means that someone is moving. “They are flitting house”



This is the name of a person that is from Glasgow, as in Glaswegian, weegie.



This is a call for silence, particularly with children. “Will ye wheesht!”



This does not mean noise, it actually means that something is good or ok. “Aye, that’s sound that is.”


Hou's it gaun?”

This one is nice and easy. It means ‘how are you doing?’



Someone who is pushing their luck. “You are a chancer”


Have you picked up any other words or phrases that the Scot’s use? We would love to hear them.

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