Hello there lads and lassies (from the word lad and lass, meaning boys and girls)! It’s been a while since I’ve talked abou’ (about) Sco’land (Scotland), the land of bagpipes and kilts. This time around, I would like ta (to) address ta all of you some Sco”ish (Scottish) slang/accent! It’s been many many years since I spoke the slang, so I’ve forgo”en (forgotten) some of i’ (it) though. Actually, I shouldne (shouldn’t) be the one introducing this slang/accent, since I am not Sco”ish, and I couldne (couldn’t) speak the pure slang too, bu’ (but) just take this post as a beginners course in the Sco”ish slang, alrai’ (alright)!
In the United Kingdom, it is said that the more north ye (you) go, the more friendlier the people are. Aye, that’s righ’ (right)! Sco”ish lads are a friendly lot, maybe it is in their culture, bu’ (but) I think ya hafta (you have to) understand their slang to apprecia’e (appreciate) their culture more! You’ve probably realize by now tha’ (that) the Sco”ish accent omits most of de (the) le”er (letter) ‘T’ in their sen’ences (sentences), especially when the ‘T’ is in the middle or at the end of a word.
I think this is the biggest iden’i’y (identity) tha’ de Sco”ish accent has. The le”er ‘T’ is kinda silent. Tha’ is how they also say po’e’o (potato) or tome’o (tomato). There are some exceptions though, like the word ‘silent’, or ‘most’, or ‘understand’, cause i’ (it) is hard ta say i’ withou’ the ‘T’. Kinde (kind of) awkward (and funny) a’ (at) first, bu’ (but) if ya prac’ice hard, ya will become used ta i’!
There are also some fancy words/phrases tha’ are used in the Sco”ish slang, such as:
– Laddy/Lad = boy
– Lassy/Lass = girl
– Wee = little
– Canny/Danny = cannot/do not
– Whatcha dein? = what are you doing?
– I ken whatcha mean! = I know what you mean!
– Yer en ijak! = Your an idiot!
I couldne (couldn’t) remember others though.
I’ is hard te wri’e down de slang withou’ properly hearing i’ being pronounced, so lets hear some Sco”ish slang in action! Lets hear i’ from non other than, Mister Fergy himself! (Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager. Yes, he is Sco”ish!!) Danny (do not) mind if ye canny (cannot) catch who’ (what) he es (is) saying, just hear de intonation!
Actually, his slang has soften a bi’ though, but ye can still hear some Sco”ish slang in his words, like when he says si’uation (0:38), dogou’ (0:42), after he did i’ (0:45), we go”a ge’ this boy (0:56), oh God Almigh’y (1:31), nineteen year old lad (1:47). Isn’t i’ beau’iful!
Lastly, try n (and) remember this phrase. Maybe some Sco”ish lads wouldne (wouldn’t) even understand i’ anyway, bu’ there’s no harm trying!:
Ye be”er ea’ bu”er or I’ll ba”er yer face!
(You better eat butter or I’ll batter (punch) you face!)
There ye go, Sco”ish slang/accent 101! See ya next time around!
P.S.: Me’ some Sco”ish lads in our Sendai International Festival the other day, with kilts and all. Who’ (what) a rare occasion tha’ es (is)! Forgot te take a picture wi’ (with) ’em (them) though. Who’ a silly lad I am!