The Scots language is a mark of the identity of the Scottish people. As such we should preserve it, even if there were no other reason, because it is ours. This statement requires neither explanation nor apology
— J. Derrick McClure
 

Scottish Sayings

 

There are two seasons in Scotland: Winter and July.

— BILLY CONNELLY


Did not strong connections draw me elsewhere, I believe Scotland would be the country I would choose to end my days in.

— BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


Where is the coward that would not dare to fight for such a land as Scotland?

— walter scott


They speak of my drinking, but they never think of my thirst.

— old scots proverb


Don’t marry for money, you can borrow it cheaper.

— old scots proverb


There are very few sights in the world so impressive as a Scotsman on the make.

— j m barrie


We look to Scotland for all of our ideas on civilisation

— voltaire


Be happy while you’re living, for you’re a long time deid.

— scottish saying


This (Edinburgh) is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.

- ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH


Edinburgh isn’t so much a city, more a way of life… I doubt I’ll ever tire of exploring Edinburgh, on foot or in print.

- Ian Rankin


Whit’s fur yi will no go by yi

(What will be will be)

- Scottish Saying


Haud yer wheesht

(Be quiet)

- Scottish Saying


Lang may yer lum reek

(Prosper - may your chimney blow smoke)

-Scottish Saying


Pure dead brilliant

(Very good; fantastic)

-Scottish Saying

That wid gie yi the boke

(That would make you sick)

-Scottish Saying


Yer a chancer!

(You are pushing your luck)

-Scottish Saying

Yer lookin a bit peely wally

(You look pale or ill)

-Scottish Saying


That’s gee-in me the boak

(That makes me feel sick)

-Scottish Saying

We’re all Jock Tamson’s bairns

(We’re all the same really)

-Scottish Saying


Gonny no dae that

(Please don’t do that)

-Scottish Saying

Scottish Words & Definitions

Lassie: girl

Braw: Good, good-looking, handsome

Scunnered: to be irritated and/or bored with something. “I’m scunnered wae that!”

Och aye the noo: oh yes, just now. (This phrase is never really used by Scottish people, but it is often used by non-Scottish people attempting to recreate a Scottish accent for reasons best known to themselves)

Dreich: dull and depressing weather; usually grey and overcast

Ken: know. “Do you ken what I mean?”

Reekin: Either smelly or drunk.

Drookit: wet

Glaikit: Stupid or gullable

Swally: Swallow; to have a drink of an alcoholic beverage. “Come in and have a swally!”

Sleekit: Sly

Slàinte mhath: Cheers - here’s to your health. This is a traditional Gaelic toast and is pronounced slan-ge-var.