The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson has become a popular late night television show among viewers of late night television. Some viewers even record the program or watch it on the Internet. Craig ran some shows in May where he visited Scotland and he mentioned “The Patter,” by Michael Munroe. This is a book of Scottish (especially Glaswegian) dialect. Here are ten of the most interesting words and phrases from Scottish patter.
This word means “bad weather.” It is used to explain a gray and possibly rainy day. It is easy to remember because it sounds like a mix of the words “dreary” and “bleak.”
What are you after?
This doesn’t mean “who are you behind in line?” Some Americans may use a similar type of phrase for asking, “What do you want?” However, this phrase is specifically used to ask, “What type of drink would you like?” It is most likely most commonly heard in Scottish pubs.
A ginger, unlike in America, is not a redhead. In Scotland, a ginger is any carbonated drink. That adds just one more confusing word to the mix of words used for carbonated drinks. After all, in the United States, a whole conversation can take place over calling a carbonated drink, a coke, a pop, or a soda.
Bevvy is not the English word bevy. In English, a bevy is a large group. In Scotland, a bevvy is any alcoholic drink. The word sounds like a cute nickname for “beverage.”
Baffies are slippers. This sounds like they are the shoes you wear after a bath, which may be where the name originated.
Bahookie or Bahoochie
The bahookie is the backside. It is like saying “tooshie” or “bum” in America or England. One person could give another a swift kick in the bahookie.
A cludgie is a toilet. The origin of the word is not certain, but it certainly sounds cuter than the words “toilet” or “john.” It is a tie between “potty” and “cludgie,” though.
Gie’s a Brek or Geezabrek
This means “give me a break” or “give us a break.” It is easy to see that it is the sound of running the words “give us a break” together as if they were all one word.
“Stowed oot” means “full” as in completely filled to capacity. A club or a restaurant might be “stowed oot.”
A bampot is a fool or an idiot. Just like America has many nicknames for fools and idiots, Scotland has its nicknames. Any eccentric with the name of Thomas runs the chance of being called “Tam the Bam.”