Scotia-biased tweets and social site posts often resort to auld Scots sayings to make a point, or outwit their English opponent who can’t understand spoken Scots let alone written Scots.
‘Hud yer wheesht’ is a well known granny saying, meaning: keep quiet, or sometimes, be diplomatic. And the popular ‘Dae yi think Ah cam up the Clyde oan a bike?’ means, do you think I’m daft?
As a quiz to fill an hour 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 them being above the law, here’s a few more sayings.
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 Alistair Carmichael…
11. 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.
And the one for Alistair Carmichael…
11. Liars often hide behind a good but fraudulent reputation.
How many did you get right?