Scotia-biased tweets and posts on social site and Twitter often resort to auld Scots sayings to make a point, or outwit their English opponent who can’t understand basic English let alone written Scots.
‘Hud yer wheesht’ is a granny saying, meaning: keep quiet, or sometimes, be diplomatic. There is a suggestion the SNP conformists have adopted it as a slogan; any discussion about a second referendum thought of as destabilising the party’s public image.
In more modern parlance there is the evergreen ‘Dae yi think Ah cam up the Clyde oan a bike?’ means, do you think I’m daft?
Here is a few more, a quiz to idle a few minutes while there’s a lull in the battle for Scotland’s soul, while politicians rest in their second home with their mistress or rent boy, and crooked financiers thank Mammon for a life above law and taxes.
What do these sayings mean?
- A scabbit sheep will smit a hail hersel’.
- A nod’s as guid as a wink tae a blind horse.
- You could gang faur an’ fare waur.
- A vaunter an’ a liar are muckle aboot aw’ thing.
- Better the heid o’ the commons than the tail o’ the gentry.
- Better marry ower the midden than ower the muir.
- Mony a mickle maks a muckle.
- Patience is mair important than sugar.
- Aw’s welcome than come wi’ a crookit oxster.
- There’s mair tae ploughin’ than whistlin’.
- and one more for Lib-Dem Alistair Carmichael…
- They that gets the name o’ early risin, may lie in bed a’day.
- One evil person can infect the whole lot.
- Be sure to make your meaning clear.
- You could travel a lot further but do worse than now
- There’s no difference between those who exaggerate and liars.
- Better to be top of your league than bottom of the top league.
- Avoid marrying above your station.
- Little savings made regularly soon mount up.
- Patience is a better virtue than flattery.
- Everybody is welcome who bring a gift.
- Some simple tasks require considerable expertise.
11. And the one for Lib-Dem Alistair Carmichael…
12. Liars often hide behind a good but fraudulent reputation.