28 Scottish Slang Words You Should Know

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If you’re thinking that the slang people use in Scotland can't be that different from the slang in England—it’s the same words, just pronounced differently, right?—well, neeb, have a swatch below and find out just how wrong you are.

  1. Bawhair: used to determine a very short distance; literally meaning the width of a pubic hair. “That was a bawhair away man!”
  1. Boak: to throw up, or be very close to it. “Cut that oot you, that’s giein me the boak.”
  1. Clarty/Clatty: someone of questionable personal hygiene. “He’s a clatty basturt.”
  1. Dobber: slang for penis, but more commonly used as an insult. “Shut it, ya dobber.”
  1. Gallus: the fine line between confidence and arrogance, or otherwise something bold or daring. Often misused as a general term of endearment for literally anything. “Aye I took her out for dinner on Saturday. She’s gallus, man.”
  1. Glaikit: someone who is gullible and/or lacks common sense. “She’s alright, but a bit glaikit.”
  1. Heid-the-baw: an idiot
  1. Bampot: an unhinged idiot.
  1. Diddy: a spineless idiot.
  1. Fandan: a pretentious idiot.
  1. Radge: a dangerous idiot.
  1. Walloper: an idiot (again).
  1. Hackit: haggard, ugly, usually used in reference to a woman. “Don’t listen to that hackit old bint.”
  1. Jobbie: a turd, and a plague on the existence of anyone named Robbie.
  1. Ken: to know, used freely as punctuation on the East coast. “Ken whit ah mean, ken? Aye, ah ken.”
  1. Lecky: electricity; though usually focused on the bill, not the actual thing. “There’s me having to put a tenner in that lecky again because you’ll no turn yer telly off!”
  1. Loon: a northern term for boy.
  1. Quine: a northern term for girl.
  1. Mawkit: disgusting, covered in dirt. “C’mere lassie, yer mawkit.”
  1. Neebs: friend; derived from neebur (derived itself from neighbor). “Aye, nae danger neebs, catch you the morn.”
  1. Scunnert: fed up, bored, done with life; derived from scunnered. “Aye I’m working tae 5, scunnert wae it neebs.”
  1. Sleekit: sneaky, disingenuous. “Aw they politicians ur sleekit basturts hen, if any ae them shook my hand ah’d count ma fingers eftir it.”
  1. Swatch: a brief look. “That’s gallus man, gies a swatch.”
  1. Teuchter: general term used by Glaswegian people to refer to Scottish people who don’t share their accent; most widely in reference to those from the Highlands and northern areas. “Wit even is your voice, ya teuchter diddy.”
  1. Weegie: the term the rest of Scotland uses to refer to the type of people who say the above. “Wit even is your voice, ya weegie.”
  1. Wheesht: shut up. “Gies peace man, wheesht.”
  1. Whitey: to vomit, literally this time; usually alcohol-related. “Here I’m being thrown out, the bouncer just caught me whiteying in the toilet and he’s no happy.”
  1. Yaldi: an expression of pure happiness or joy. “Monday is a holiday? Yaldi!"

What’s the Difference Between Crocheting and Knitting?

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With blustery days officially upon us, the most pressing question about your sweaters, scarves, hats, and mittens is probably: “Are these keeping me warm?” If you’re a DIY enthusiast, or just a detail-oriented person in general, your next question might be: “Were these knitted or crocheted?”

Knitting and crocheting are both calming crafts that involve yarn, produce cozy garments and other items, and can even boost your mental well-being. Having said that, they do have a few specific differences.

To knit, you need needles. The size, material, and number of those needles depends on the project; though most traditional garments are made using two needles, it’s also possible to knit with just one needle, or as many as five. But regardless of the other variables, one or both ends of your knitting needles will always be pointed.

While crocheting calls for a similar long, thin tool that varies in size and material, it has a hooked end—and you only ever need one. According to The Spruce Crafts, even if you hear people refer to the tool as a crochet needle, they’re really talking about a crochet hook.

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Part of the reason you only use one hook brings us to the next difference between crocheting and knitting: When crocheting, there’s only one “active loop” on your hook at any given time, whereas knitting entails lining up loops down the length of your needles and passing them between needles. The blog Darn Good Yarn explains that since each loop is attached to a long row of stitches, accidentally “dropping” one off the end of your needle might unravel the entire row.

Of course, you have a better chance of avoiding that type of manual error if you’re using a knitting machine or loom, which both exist. Crocheting, on the other hand, has to be done by hand. Since machines can create garments with extremely small stitches, some knit clothes can be much more lightweight or close-fitting than anything you’d be able to crochet—and knitted clothes can also be mass-produced.

When it comes to what the items actually look like, crochet stitches characteristically look more like knots, while knit stitches seem flatter and less bulky. However, materials and techniques have come a long way over the years, and now there’s more crossover between what you’re able to knit and crochet. According to The Spruce Crafts, socks and T-shirts—traditionally both garments that would be knitted—can now technically be crocheted.

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And, believe it or not, knitting and crocheting can even be used to depict complicated mathematical concepts: see what a crocheted hyperbolic plane, Lorenz manifold, and more look like here.

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