• I’ll gie ye a skelpit lug!I’ll give you a slap on the ear.
  • Whit’s fur ye’ll no go by ye! What’s meant to happen will happen.
  • Skinny Malinky Longlegs!A tall thin person.
  • Lang may yer lum reek!May you live long and stay well.
  • Speak o’ the Devil!Usually said when you have been talking about someone – they usually appear.
  • Black as the Earl of Hell’s Waistcoat!Pitch black.
  • Failing means yer playin!When you fail at something at least you’re trying.
  • Mony a mickle maks a muckle! Saving a small amount soon builds up to a large amount.
  • Keep the heid!Stay calm, don’t get upset.
  • We’re a’ Jock Tamson’s bairns!We’re all God’s children, nobody is better than anybody else – we’re all equal.
  • Dinnae teach yer Granny tae suck eggs!Don’t try to teach someone something they already know.
  • Dinnae marry fur money!Don’t marry for money – you can borrow it cheaper.
  • Is the cat deid?Has the cat died? Means your trousers are a bit short – like a flag flying at half mast.
  • Haud yer wheesht!Be quiet.
  • Noo jist haud on!Now just hold it, slow down, take your time.
  • Hell slap it intae ye! Means it’s your own fault.
  • I’m fair puckled!I’m short of breath.
  • Do yer dinger.Loudly express disapproval.
  • Gie it laldy.Do something with gusto.
  • Ah dinnae ken.I don’t know.
  • Haste Ye Back! Farewell saying meaning “return soon”.
  • It’s a dreich day!Said in reference to the weather, when it’s cold, damp and miserable.
  • Gonnae no’ dae that!Going to not do that.
  • Pure dead brilliantExceptionally good.
  • Yer bum’s oot the windaeYou’re talking rubbish.
  • Am pure done inI’m feeling very tired.
  • Am a pure nickI don’t look very presentable.
  • Ah umnaeI am not.
  • Ma heid’s minceMy head’s a bit mixed up.
  • Yer oot yer face!You’re very drunk.
  • Yer aff yer heidYou’re off your head – a little bit daft.
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