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SCOTS IN 750 PHRASES

SCOTS IN 750 PHRASES


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Introduction
The expressive soul of Scots
Although the Scots Learners Dictionary and the Scots Learners' Grammar describe in outline the vocabulary and structure of Scots, neither capture the soul of the language. While surprisingly well documented, Scots has always been primarily an oral language. This can be seen in its profusion of expressive idioms, phrases and sayings. Over the last four centuries Scots has been the main medium the majority of Scottish people have used to communicate with friends and family, show their emotions, comment on the people and environment around them and sometimes laugh at them all. Reading through any list of idioms gives you a unique glimpse of Scottish attitudes and culture as embedded in the words and phrases that have become popular and have survived to the present day. One of the reasons Scots has resisted centuries of neglect, suppression and hostility may be simply that it still allows us to say things about people and situations we just cannot say in any other way. Idioms and phrases allow us to share in an instant a vivid background of shared culture, memory and above all attitudes. To Scots speakers many of the 750 phrases here will immediately conjure up an image, an event or a personality.

Where do these phrases come from?


I've been collecting Scots phrases for many years, I passionately look out Scots 'phrase books', descriptions, dialect books, articles, word-lists scanning books from the early part of the last century to the countless internet discussions on Scots words usage today. I have avoided anything I would consider archaic, obscene, too dialect-specific or unlikely to be in wide usage Scottish people are linguistically very inventive and have a habit of making up personal phrases. I would say that 80% of the idioms here I have heard in natural speech at some time in Lowland Scotland and the others I have tried to confirm from more than one source, so most are 'live'. Even some of those that might be considered near-archaic I have heard used sometimes in an 'ironic' sense, spoken in virtual inverted commas. What is surprising is how in this painstaking exercise patterns often re-emerge; some Scottish speech users regard as 'slang' or 'wrong' are well-recognised Scots forms with a long history of legitimate and sometimes literary use.

How can I use this list as a learner?


The phrases have been roughly sorted by headwords, key parts of the phrase which are to me significant or unusual. An example is the headword the, which seems innocuous enough but is used in Scots in specific ways. Other headwords point to specific idioms, proverbs, unusual words and so on. I haven't tried to translate phrases literally rather where they would be used instead of an equivalent English phrase; some are almost untranslatable anyway. The Scots Learners' Dictionary and the Scots Learners' Grammar will help decipher the literal meaning, if you need it. I suggest initially reading through the phrases, highlight the ones you like, remember or think might be particularly useful and try to use them in your speech and writing. The nice thing about idioms like this is they can be dropped as linguistic units easily into quite English patterns of speech and so are ideal for beginners to get used to using Scots in conversation. As with the other documents in this series, Scots in 750 phrases is also a work in progress. If users find missing phrases, good Scots expressions I have forgotten, mistakes, typos or inconsistencies in the list, please let me know via scotshaunbuik.co.uk and I will update it.

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able Are ye able fur a cairrie oot? Are you hungry enough for a take-away? ach! Ach! That's rale boggin! Ach, we'll hae tae dae it noo Oh, that's really dirty. Oh well, we have to do it now ack Dinna ack the daft laddie/lassie / daftie Don't pretend you are stupid ack Dinna ack/act the bairn Don't be childish act Dinna act it wi me Don't push your luck adae Whit's adae? What is going in? aff A gat it aff ma brither I got it from my brother. aff Are youse fur (the) aff? Are you going? aff C'mo(a)n, git aff! Legendary phrase of Glasgow bus condutors ('clippies') aff He took aff his bunnet He took his cap off aff an on The weather's aff an on the day The weather is changeable today affrontit A wis fair (black) affrontit! I was quite (extremely) embarassed again A'll get it again I'll get it later ages A'm ages wi him I'm the same age as him. agley His plans went agley frae the ootset His plans went wrong from the beginning aifter

A'll see ye aifter. I'll see you later ails Whit ails ye? What's the matter with you? ails at Whit ails ye at gaun oot What objection do you have to o going out? ain sel He did it aw his ain sel He did it all by himself airts Towerists frae aw the airts Tourists from all over. an An him a meenister an aw It is especially disappointing/surprising as he is a churchman an Come an see us the morn Come to see me tomorrow an Me an her isna comin the day She and I aren't coming today an Mind an pit the cat oot Remember to put the cat out aquent A'm no weel aquent wi him I don't know him well ask aifter/fur Tell yer maw a wis askin aifter hir Tell your mother I was asking how she was. at She's aye at her bairns She's always scolding her children at Whit's Kirstie greetin/roarin at? Why is Christina crying/shouting? at it Teenie's at it. Christina is up to no good at, ettlin at Whit are ye (ettlin) at? What do you mean? atweenhauns A'll hae a cup o tea atweenhauns scotshaunbuik.co.uk Version 1.0 3

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I'll have a cup of tea in the meantime auntie Ay, ma auntie I don't beleive you auntie's Yer at yer auntie's (hoose) Tuck in! awa A maun awa richt awa I must go right now awa A'm fair awa wi it I'm very proud of it awa Annie's no here, she's awa Annie has just left awa Awa (ye go)! Expression of surprise awa Awa an bile yer heid! Clear off! awa Awa hame! Go home! awa Come awa in/ben Come in awa Come awa, Scotlann! / 'Mon the Scots! Go Scotland! awa That ye awa hame? Are you going home? awa The tellie's awa (wi't) The TV is done for awa Awa oot an get some mulk Go out and get some milk awa Awa wi ye! Expression of disbelief awfie An awfie man/yin fur the drink He likes to drink. awfie'est He is the awfie'est cuik He is the worst cook

ay He's comin the morn, ay? He's coming tomorrow, isn't he? ay, ay Ay, ay! Hello! ba(w) The ba(w)'s on the slates The shit has hit the fan ba(w) Thon bus misst us by a ba(w) hair That bus missed me by a hairsbreadth back A'll see ye the back o fower I'll see you shortly after four. backside/hintside foremaist Awthing here is backside foremaist Everything here is back to front bairn He bairned her He made her pregnant baith The baith o thaim are fur it Both of them are in trouble bandit Ya bandit! Expression of delight bang-shoot He tint the hail bang-shoot He lost the lot bate That bates / dings / cowes aw That beats everything bather / bother / borra Nae bather! ('borra' in Glasgow) You're welcome! (after being thanked) beautie Ya beautie! Expresssion of delight bed A'm awa tae ma bed I'm going to bed belang Wha belangs tae this jaicket? Whose is this jacket? belang Whaur dae ye belang tae? Where are you from? bell scotshaunbuik.co.uk Version 1.0 4

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It's ma bell It's my round belyve Belyve is twa oors an a hauf Soon' can mean anything ben Awa ben an get ma Sunday Post Go to the other room to get my Sunday Post ben Come ben the hoose Come on in besom A new besom soops claen A new broom sweeps clean bevvie He wis oot on the bevvie aw nicht He was out drinking all night. bide A canna bide that countra music I can't stand country music. bike On yer bike! Expression of disbelief birse He's git his birse up noo He's annoyed now. bit A canna get oot o the bit I can't make any progress, I'm stuck bit Whan it comes tae the bit, we'll be fine When it comes to the crucial point, we'll be fine bite She was aye bitin his lug She was always flattering him black It's as black as the Earl o Hell's weskit doon here It's pitch black down here blame It's no ma blame It's not my fault blate A blate cat maks a prood moose People take advantage of weak rules blate Ye needna be sae blate

Don't be shy bletheration It's aa jist bletheration. It's only foolish talk. blink A didna get a blink o sleep I didn't get a wink of sleep blink She wis awa in a blink She left in an instant boab Help ma boab! Well I never! (usually ironic) boak It'd gie ye the (dry) boak It's (very) disgusting boak Thon eedjit gies us the dry boak That idiot makes me really sick bogie The gemm's a bogie The game/plan has to be abandoned. bool She haes a bool in her mooth She talks in an affected manner. brae His wark's gane doon the brae His work has declined braid It's as braid as it's lang It makes no difference either way braw It's a braw bricht moonlit nicht the nicht The only Scots phrase many have heard of! braw Ye ken ye'r braw an able tae it yer lane You know you are very capable of doing it yourself bree He got the bree o the blame. He got the brunt of the blame. bree Tak the bree wi the barm Take the rough with the smooth breenge A'm gonna breenge up the shoaps the morra

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I'm going for a trip to the town centre tomorrow brek Gie's a brek Give me a chance bricks The jannie is in wi the bricks The janitor has been here for ever bride A bonnie bride's suin buskit Someting already attractive needs little preparation brock He stews like a brock He stinks like a badger brunt Brunt bairns dreids aye Once bitten twice shy bubble Awa an hae a wee bubble tae yersel Go habe have a little cry bubblie Stick bubblie! Don't be sulky! bucket He taks a guid/fair bucket He drinks a lot bucket We drank a bucket at Hogmanay We drank a large amount on New Year's Eve Buckie Gang / gae tae Buckie / Banff / Freuchie / etc! Go to hell! bug The bairn nivver lat bug The child gave no indication bummed up The buik is no aa it's bummed up tae be The book is not all it is claimed to be bunnet Dinna lat the bunnets gang by wantin fur the hats Don't be so choosy burst It's aye a hunger or a burst aroond here It's always feast or famine around here but

This is awfie fykie, but. This is very tricky, isn't it? UG buttons D'ye think ma heid buttons up the back? Do you think I am naive? by A'll pit a bittie by fur ye. I'll put some aside for you. by A'll toddle up by later I'll wander up there later by Och that's the hoaliday by then. Well, that's the holiday finished. bye A'll gie it a bye. I'll give it a miss. caa Be aye the thing ye wad be caa'd Act the way you'd like people to consider you cabbitch A'm no sae green as A'm cabbitch-luikin I'm not so daft as I look cairrie-on There wis a richt cairrie-on at the cairrie-oot There was trouble at the offlicence/takeaway can A micht can dae it the morn I might be able to do it tomorrow can Ye hae tae can lauch at yersel You must be able to laugh at yourself canarie She'll hae a canarie when she fins oot. She'll be very angry when she finds out cat Is the cat deid? Remark about a person's too-short trousers (i.e. half mast) cat She lat the cat oot o the poke She let the cat out of the bag caw Caw awa! Go ahead! caw scotshaunbuik.co.uk Version 1.0 6

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Caw cannie! Take care! caw Thon deceesion cawed the legs fae unner us. That decision knocked the legs from under me. cheek Cheek on ye! You cheeky so and so cheep A dinna want a cheep oot o ye I don't want you to say anything cheeper Gie's a cheeper Give me a kiss cheerio Cheerio/bye the noo Bye! Christmas Whid did ye get fur yer Christmas What did you get as a Chrstmas present chum A'll chum ye alang tae the schuil. I'll accompany you to the school chynge Ma socks is drookit, A maun chynge ma feet My socks are saoking, I have to change my shoes claes Ach weel, back tae auld claes an parritch Oh well, back to routine (e.g. after a holiday) claes Auld claes an parritch The old routine click She gat a click at the ceilidh. She found a boyfriend at the ceilidh cloot Ne'er cast a cloot till Mey be oot Don't throw out winter clothes until the end of May close Ye're in the wrang close / up the wrang dreel / sheuch You are mistaken Clyde

A've no jist come up the Clyde on a bike/banana boat I'm not stupid come awa Come awa, lassie! Come on girl! conceit The boss haes a guid conceit o hissel The boss thinks highly of himself conter Dinna ye conter / speak back tae yer faither Don't contradict your father coo Aet the coo an worrie on the tail Spoil the ship for a haporth of tar coo An ill coo micht hae a guid cauf A cloud may have a silver lining coo's tail Come awa Morag, ye'r aye at the coo's tail. Come on Morag, you are always last. cowp Thon cowpit his hurlie That upset his plans crack The crack wis guid at the ceilidh yestreen The company was good at the ceilidh yesterday evening crack Whit's yer crack? / Gie's yer crack What's your news? craw He had tae shuit the craw He had to leave in a hurry creep Ye hae tae creep afore ye gang You have to walk before you run creesh Ye'll hae tae creesh the luif You'll have to give a bribe/tip crivvens Crivvens! Goodness! croose Ilka cock craws croosest on his ain midden scotshaunbuik.co.uk Version 1.0 7

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People are more confident on their own ground cruisin Yer cruisin fur a bruisin Go on like that and you are in trouble cry Gie's a cry if ye're wantin oniething Give me a shout if you want anthything cry in Can ye cry in on the wey back? Can you look in on the way back? Cupar He that will tae Cupar, maun tae Cupar A strong-willed person can't be stopped dab Dinna lat dab ye ken Don't let them know you know. dab That's the verra dab That's just the thing daft The bairn's daft on the fitba The child is crazy about football daith Sure as daith he'll be here the morn He'll absolutely certainly be here tomorrow danger Nae danger! No way I'm doing that daun(d)er A'm awa fur a wee daun(d)er I'm going for a short walk daurna A daurna dae't I daren't do it Dee A've no jist come doon the Dee on a digestive I'm not stupid dee The grandfaither deed wi the drink My grandfather died of drinking too much deid Drap deid! Drop dead! deid certs A'm deid certs

I'm absolutely certain dinger Dinna dae yer dinger/bunnet Don't get angry. dizzie A wytit an oor, bit she gaed us a dizzie / dingie I waited an hour but she stood me up. docken It's no wirth a docken/plack It's worthless. doh He wis up tae high doh the day. He was in a very excited state today. doh She wis up tae high doh wi the waddin She was very excited due to the wedding doo Ma wee doo term of endearment dook A'm awa tae the leesure centre fur a dook I'm going to the leesure centre for a swim doon-by He belangs tae Haaick an has a hoose doon-by an aw He comes from Hawick and has a house there too door Ma ma's no bin ower the door in weeks My mother hasb't been out of the house in weeks door Tak the door wi ye Shut the door as you go doos Foos yer doos? Legendary North East greeting; 'Ay peckin' is the answer doot A doot it's gaun tae snaw. I think it is going to snow. doot A doot ye'll no ken him I expect you don't know him doot A doot. I suppose so scotshaunbuik.co.uk Version 1.0 8

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doots A hae ma doots I'm doubtful. dot A'm dottin oot fur a whilie I'm going out for a while dot A'm jist dottin roon tae ma maw's I'm just nipping round to my mother's. dowp and pooches Thae auld breeks are aw dowp and pooches. Those old trousers have lost their shape. dram Ye'll tak a dram Let's have a drink draw Draw tae/inby Pull you chair in draw The nichts are fair drawin in The days are getting shorter draw The nichts is fair drawin in The nights are getting shorter draw straes We canna mak up oor minds, we'll jist draw straes We can't make up our minds, we'll just draw lots dree Aftimes ye jist hae tae dree yer weird. Sometimes you just have to get on with it. dree Ye jist hae to dree yer weird You just have to endure your fate dreel A doot we're up the wrang dreel here I think we're heading in the wrong direction here dreepin roast Fowk think writin's a dreepin roast but it isna People think writing is a good source of income but it's not dreich It's a gey dreich nicht the nicht The weather is very unpleasant tonight drink

Ye widna ken tae luik at him, but he's nae smaa drink He doesn't look it, but he's quite important drouth A've a drouth on me I'm thirsty dug A cud eat a scabbie dug / scabbie heidit wean I could eat a horse duin A'm duin / throu I'm finished dwam Thon bairn's aye awa in a dwam That kid is always daydreaming dyke It went like snaw aff a dyke. It disappeared quickly. ee Ye've a ee in yer heid like a stinkin haddie You've made it all crooked eerant A'm no rinnin eerants, A'm no the message boy I'm not going on errands, I'm not the errand boy erse A cudna be ersed gaun (coll) I couldn't be bothered going ettle A wis ettlin tae gang I was intending to go ettle Aft ettle, whiles hit If at first you don't succeed... ettle The bairns is ettlin fur mair siller The children are trying to get more money fa(w) tae Fa(w) tae, fowks! Eat up, people! face He naur aet the face aff me He gave me a terrible row fack scotshaunbuik.co.uk Version 1.0 9

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Fack indeed? Oh really? fack Facks are cheils that winna ding (Burns) Facts speak for themselves fack It's a fack It's true fae Whaur ye fae? Where are you from? fair gang A cud fair gang anither roon o toast I'd really like another slice of toast fairfaw Fairfaw (n a letter) Best wishes fairins He'll get his fairins in the end. He'll gey his just deserts in the end. faither A kent his faither I knew his father' said ironically of a presumptious person fash A canna be fasht. I can't be bothered. fash Dinna fash me wi thon Don't bother me with that fash Dinna fash yersel Don't worry/trouble yourself/get in a temper faur A cud see him faur eneugh I wish he'd just disappear fecht He'd fecht wi his finger ens / ain taes He's really quarrelsome fecht It's a sair fecht Such is life. fecht She'd fecht wi her finger-ens She is very quarrelsome fechter He dindna win but is a bonnie fechter onieways

He didn't win but is very determined anyway ferlie Nae ferlie! No wonder! fiddler A got a fiddler's biddin I got a last-minute invitation fine Ye ken fine (weel) You know very well fizz He'd a face like fizz. He looked angry. flakie Dinna thraw a flakie. Don't have a tantrum. flee We shud lat that flee stick tae the wa(w) We should drop the subject fleg Ye gied us a richt fleg You gave me a real fright fling She gied him the fling She split up with him flittin The ludger's gane, done a munelicht flit(tin) / munelichtie The lodger has left in secret without paying fly Hoo aboot a fly hauf? Would you like a quick drink? footer Stop ficherin aboot wi yon Stop fiddling with that fore Is hir man tae the fore? Is her husband alive? forrit A'v got weel forrit wi the wark the day I'm well on with my work today freens They'r fremmit freens that canna be fasht They are fair-weather friends fret Dinna fret scotshaunbuik.co.uk Version 1.0 10

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Don't worry fur A'm fur gaun tae the picters I fancy going to the cinema fur Ar ye fur aninthir hauf? Do you want another half pint? fur Whit('r) ye fur? What would you like to drink? fur coat Fur coat an nae knickers just for show, superficial fur ye Whit's fur ye winna gang by ye What's meant to happen will happen furryboots' Furryboots (fur aboots) are ye fae? Mock Aberdonian expression gab Keep yer gab steekit whan ye dinna ken yer companie Don't speak until you know your audience gab Steek yer gab! Shut your mouth! Gads! Gads! God! gang on Dinna gae on aboot it Don't make such a fuss gantin She's gantin fur it. She's gasping for it. gar It'd gar ye greet. It would make you cry. Gardie-loo! Gardie-loo! (When emptying chamber pots out of windows) Watch out below! gate A'm ettlin tae tak/gang the gate by seeven I'm aiming to get on my way by seven gate Are ye gaun the same gate?

Are you going the same way? gate He aye gaes his ain gate He always does his own thing. gate Ye hae tae gae yer ain gate You have to follow your own opinions gaun Hoo's it gaun? How are you? gaun fit A gaun fit's aye gettin The most active do the best. gaun wi She canna be gaun wi yon ned. She can't be going out with that yob. Gaun yersel! Gaun yersel! Go for it! (cry of encouragement) gaunie Gaunie no dae that! Don't do that! gaunie Guanie come the morn Can you come tomorrow gee Dinna gee yer ginger! Don't stir yourself / bother about it geggie Shut yer geggie! (coll) Shut your mouth! gemm That's the gemm! That's how to do it! get A'll get ye alang tae the schuil. I'll accompany you to the school get A didna get (tae gae) aifter aw. I wasn't able to go after all. gie's Gie's a fish supper Give me/us fish and chips gin A'll gae, gin ye like I'll go if you like gin Gin we get there, it'll be derk By the time we get there, it'll be dark scotshaunbuik.co.uk Version 1.0 11

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gin Gin ye gat the job, whit wid ye dae? If you got the job, what would you do? gleg The bairn's no awfie gleg on the uptak The child is not very quick at understanding. gonnae Gonnae gie's a poond? Can you give me a pound? UG gonnae Gonnae no say that? Can you not say that? UG gowk A gowk'll no be bricht at Beltane Once a fool, always a fool gowk storm It wis aa a gowk storm It was all a storm in a teacup gowp Oh, ma heid's gowpin. My head's throbbing. grannie Yer grannie! No way! gree A cannae gree wi ye thare. I can't agree with you there gree Ach we'll bear the gree ae year. Oh we'll win one year. gree Wha's gaun tae bear the gree? Who is going to win the prize? greet Jist hae a wee greet. Just have a little cry, greetin-match It'll en up a greetin-match It will all end in tears gret dale A gaed there a gret dale I went there often grue It'd gar ye grue. It sends shivers down your spine. guff Whit a guff! What a bad smell!

gumption Dinna loss/tyne yer gumption aathegither Don't lose your common sense altogether gunk No winnin gied her the gunk Not winning badly disappointed her gyte A telt ye he'd gang gyte. I dold you he'd go mad. gyte The warld's gane gyte the day The world's gone crazy today hack Thon baloon's needin taen doon a hack That bighead needs taken down a peg. hae A dinna hae the Gaelic. I don't speak Gaelic. haet It didna mak a haet o difference aifter aa. It didn't make a whit of difference after all. hail-heidit She aye gaes hail-heidit aboot her wark She always goes about her work enthusiastically hail-heidit Tae dae weel ye need tae gang hailheidit fur it To do well you have do dedicate yourself to it haims Can ye no pit the haims on thae bairns? Can you not control those children? haird tell A nivver haird tell o't I've never heard of it haivers Dinna gae me onie mair o yer haivers. Don't tell me any more nonsense. ham-a-haddie Yon's a fine ham-a-haddie That's a tall (shaggy dog) story hap Ye'll hae tae hap up wi the cauld. You'll have to wrap up due to the cold. happit

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It's cauld oot, mak siccar ye're weel happit It's cold out, make sure you are well wrapped up haste Haste ye back Come again soon hat Here's yer hat, whit's yer hurrie A hint to an unwelcome guest haud A canna see it haudin up the day I doubt the weather will will keep today haud A dinna haud wi aw thon I don't agree with all that haud A'd haud wide o thon stushie I'd keep clear of that problem haud Haud ma jaiket! Look after my coat, I'm getting into a fight haud Haud on, thon's no richt Stop, that's not correct haud It's aye guid tae haud in wi the boss It's always good to curry favour with the boss haud See's a haud o yer phone Hand over your phone haud at He'll no dae it if ye dinna haud / deave at him He won't do it if you don't nag him hauf Mind an no en up hauf an atween Try not to end up neither on theing or the other hauf shut knife He's gaun aroon like a hauf shut knife He looks depressed haufers Are ye wantin tae gae haufers wi the puddin? Do you want to share the dessert? haun

A'll tak ma haun aff yer face if ye dae it agane. I'll slap you if you do it again. haun Gaun(t)ae gie's a haun? Can you lend a hand? haun It didna come tae haun It didn't occur to me haw Haw, pal! Hey, you there haws Thon fish supper wis the haws (vul) That fish and chips was excellent heather It'll no set the heather on fire It won't have much impact. heather Thon winna set the heather on fire That won't cause a sensation heather heidit Ye'r awfie heather heidit the day You're having a bad hair day heave Wis she gien the heave? Was she sacked? hee-haw He kens hee-haw aboot hee-haw The knows nothing about anything heid Dinna loss the heid! Don't go crazy! heid He'll get his heid in his hauns tae play wi. He'll get into big trouble. heid Keep the heid! Relax! heid Ye canna pit an auld heid on young shooders You can't teach wisdom heid Your heid's the biggest You're the boss heid bummer Can a speak tae the heid bummer? scotshaunbuik.co.uk Version 1.0 13

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Can I spek to the person in charge? hell Hell mend ye! To hell with you! UG hems Gettin mairrit fair pit the hems/branks on him Getting married put a stop to his high jinks hen A'v a memorie like a hen I have a bad memory hen He's lowpin aboot like a hen on a het girdle He's jumping about like a cat on a hot tin roof Hen /Jim Hullo therr, Hen / Jim(mie) Informal way of addressing women and men respectively here Here the poond ye gied me Here is the pound you gave me here's tae ye Here's tae ye/yersel! Cheers! (toast) hert A'm hert roastit wi youse I'm fed up with you lot hert Ye need a stoot hert for a stey brae You need to be stong to meet the challange het up Fowk get ower het up ower the fitba People get too excited about football heuch! Heuch! A spontaneous yell of encouragement e.g. At ceilidhs high heid yins The high heid yins here cudna run a menadge The management here are very disorganised hing Thre gemm's on the hing The game is hanging in the balance

hingie A'm feelin a bit hingie the day I'm feeling under the weather today hinner en At the hinner en it's guid fur awbodie In the long run it is good for everyone hoast Whit's eatin ye? Come awa, hoast it up What's wrong with you? Come on, spit it out homer The jiner can sort the cludgie as a homer. The joiner can fix the toilet as a job in his own time hoo Hoo are ye (daein / gettin on), awricht? How are you? OK? hoo no Hoo no? Why not? hoor A've hid a hoor / bastart o a day (vulg) I've had a very bad day indeed hoose There nae luck aboot the hoose the noo It's not much fun here at the moment hoots Hoots, mon! Expression of disbelief horn A'm ower auld in the horn tae be takkin in wi yon I'm too old and wise to be taken in with that huff Ach, ye'r no in the huff agane. Oh, you're not in a huff again humph Ye cannae say jist whit comes up yer humph. You can't say things without thinking. hunger Hunger's guid kitchen Needs must hunger It's aither a hunger or a burst roon here It's either feast of famine here hunner scotshaunbuik.co.uk Version 1.0 14

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A'v telt ye a hunner time awreadie I've already told you many times hurl Cud ye gie's a hurl hame? Can you give me a lift home? hurrie Ye can tak yer hurrie You can take your time inbye Come inbye Come in is Thae lasses is blootert Those girls are drunk it Did ye tell him it? Did you tell it to him? it Gie hir it Give it to her Jeezo! Jeezo! Crikey! Jimmie Hey Jimmie, whaur ye gaun? Hey you, where are you going? jing-bang He tint the hail jing-bang He lost the lot Jings Jings! Well I never! jist Jist that! Quite so! jist aifter A'm jist aifter gettin here masel I've just got here myself jist huv A cud jist huv gone hame I felt like going home Jock Tamson We're aw Jock Tamson's Bairns We're all the same. jotters They foond he was at it an he got his jotters. They found he was up to no good and he was sacked.

jouk It's ower late tae jouk whan the heid's aff Don't leave it too late to take avoiding action joukerie-pawk(e)rie Ther some joukerie-pawk(e)rie gaun on There's some trickery going on kail Its jist cauld kail het again. It's just the same old story Keech! Keech! Crap! Keek! Keek! Peekaboo! (said to babies) keen A'm keen o readin I'm fond of reading keep Hoo's he keepin? How is he? ken A'm fair scunnert wi't, ken? I'm fed up with it, you know what I mean? ken Fine A ken whit's gaun on I know well what's going on ken Goad/Deil/guid kens (whit)! Goodness knows (what)! ken It's no whit ye ken, it's wha ye ken It's not what you know, its who you know kinks A went intae kinks whan he cowped ower I laughed a lot when he fell over kinnaweys She's a guid boss, kinnaweys She's a good boss, in a way kirk Come an jine the bodie o the kirk Come and join the main group kirk Mak a kirk or a mill o't The choice is yours scotshaunbuik.co.uk Version 1.0 15

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Lady / Lord Muck Ye'd think she wis Lady Muck (fae Clabber Castle) She puts on airs and graces lairn Thon lairnt him a lesson That taught him a lesson laldie He's gien it laldie / big licks He's really going for it laldie Ye'll get laldie whan ye get hame You'll be in trouble when you get home lane Is thon lass by her lane? Is that girl alone? lane We gaed wir lane We went by ourselves lang lie A like a lang lie at the weeken I like to sleep late at the weekend lass It's nae loss whit a freen gets A popular phrase lat on A nivver lat on A haird him I never showed I heard him leal Tae be leal, A dinna ken. To be honest, I don't know. lee Speir nae questions an ye'll be tellt nae lees Ask no questions and you'll hear no lies left fit A doot he kicks wi his left fit I suspect he is a Catholic. len Dinna lat thaim tak a/the len o ye Don't let them take advantage of you lenth A'll see ye the lenth o the shoaps. I'll accompany you as far as the shops lenth A'm that jiggert a cudna walk the lenth o masel I'm so tired I couldn't lift a leg like

A dinna like. I'm feeling shy. like Ae're haiverin. A'm no the like! You are talking nonsense. I am not! like He cairriet on decent-like He behaved decently like His nemm wis Davie, o the like o that His name was Davy, or something like that like Run, quick-like! Run quickly! like Whit am A like! Silly me! like Whit like? How are you? like Whit like's his seester? What's his sister like? like Whit's he like, eh? Isn't he a character likeasay Likeasay, she's a bit o a stoater She's very good looking, know what I mean? lintie She sings like a lintie She sings sweetly. lippen Dinna lippen thae fowk Don't trust those people lowp the dyke He lowped the dyke and jined the Hibees. He changed allegiances and joined Hibernian F.C. lowpin Ma feet is lowpin / sair My feet hurt lowpin The shoaps is lowpin the day The shops are crawling with people today lowse scotshaunbuik.co.uk Version 1.0 16

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A lowse at the back o five I finish work about quarter past five lugfu The boss gied me a richt lugfu The boss gave me a real telling off luik the road She didna luik the road he was on She ignored him completely lum Lang may yer lung reek! Cheers! (toast) lumber Did ye no get a lumber at the pairtie? Did you not get a pick-up at the party? Mackay A doot he's the rael Mackay I don't think he's the genuine article maddie Ma da took a maddie whan he foon oot My father went crazy when he found out mair He's no mair aulder nor me He's not any older than me maist The maist brawest thing A ivver seen It's the best thing I've ever seen maitter There nae (muckle) maitter It doesn't matter (much) maitter Whit maitter? Why/what does it matter? mak a better A canna mak a better o't ye ken I can't improve on it you know mak up Gie's a saicont tae mak up on ye Give me a second to catch up with you manage Did ye manage hame in time? Did you reach home in time? mask Ye hae tae gie the tea time tae mask Be patient maukit Thon singin's maukit. The singing is very bad maun A maun speir at the high heid yin

I must ask the boss maun A maunna keep ye I mustn't keep you maw Yer maw cares Who cares? me A bocht me a new jaiket the day I bought myself a new jacket today meesure Meesure twice an cut yince Look before you leap melt Shut it or A'll melt ye Be quiet or I'll hit you. menadge She cudna run a menadge She has poor organisational skills. mend Och, hell mend ye then. Oh, you'll end up getting what you deserve. menodge He cudna run a menodge He's very disorganised mesages Did ye dae the messages? Have you done the shopping? michtie Michtie me! Heavens above! mickle Mony a mickle maks a muckle Every little helps midden He's aye in the muin or the midden He has bad mood swings midden It's like Annicker's midden It's a shambles/mess. miller Dinna droon the miller Don't put too much water in the whisky mince His' heid's fou o mince He is full of nonsense. mince Ma heid's mince the day scotshaunbuik.co.uk Version 1.0 17

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I'm just not with it today mince Thon fair sickened his mince / pit his gas on a peep That knocked the wind out of his sails mince Thon mince is mince That mince is not very good mind A canna mind (o't) I don't remember mind A canna mind o(n) his nemm I don't remember his name mind A mind o him fine I remember him well mind Mind an gie's a caa. Remember to call me. mind Mind yersel! Watch out! mind Thon minds me o the hoalidays. That reminds me of my holiday. mind Ye aye hae tae keep mind o't. You always have to bear it in mind. mines Thon whisky's mines, it's no yours That whisky is mine, it's not yours misdoot A dinna misdoot ye, pal I don't disbelieve you, mate misst Och ye misst yersel at the pairtie. You should have been at the party. mistak A did it in a mistak I did it by mistake mon/min/man Hullo, mon! Hello mate! moo The bairn's a bittie doon in the moo the noo The child is a bit downcast at the moment morn's morn

Are ye gaun the morn's morn or the morn's nicht? Are you going tomorrow morning or tomorrow night? mou Meg wi the muckle mou A woman who talks too much mull Ye hae tae gang thro the mull like the lave o's You have to suffer like the rest of us mumpin Stop yer mumpin, it's no sae ba(u)d. Stop complaining, it's not so bad nae bad The haggis is nae bad The haggis is quite good naegait Girnin disna get ye naegait Complaining doesn't get you anywhere neb His wumman leads him by the neb His wife keeps him under control neb Jist hae a wee neb at this. Just have a little look at this need A wis needin ma wark I wanted to get to work need The wa needs pentit The wall needs painting need Ye widna need tae be gaun by tren Just as well you're not going by train needin Thon hoose is needin pentin That house needs to be painted neep Ye cudna hit a byre door wi a neep You are a bad shot (lit 'hit a barn door with a turnip') nines It's aa duin up tae the nines It's looking very well prepared nip The boss is aye nippin ma heid The boss is always nagging me. nip scotshaunbuik.co.uk Version 1.0 18

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Thon nip/nips ma heid That does my head in nivver Are ye nivver oot o yer bed yet? Are you not out of bed yet? no Have ye no? Haven't you? no weel He's affie no weel He's not very well. nor Gibbie is faur mair gleg nor Dod Gilbert is much smarter than George nor He's wee-er nor me She's smaller than me nor Inga haes mair siller nor sense Ingrid has more money than sense notion He tuik a notion tae the chippie lassie He took a fancy to the girl in the chip shop. obleegement Gaun dae's a wee obleegement Can you do me a small favour? och Och! general purpose expression och aye Och aye the noo! English phrase mocking Scots speech ochone Ochone! expression of sorrow ocht A'm no needin ocht the noo I don't need anything at the moment odds A dinna see onie / muckle odds I don't see any difference offski A'm (fur the) offski (coll UG) I'm going away UG on That's the heidie shoutin on ye The headmaster is calling you on

Whit's she on aboot noo? What is she talking about now? on Wyte on me! Wait for me! oo Aw ae oo Often-quoted near nonsense phrase 'all one wool' oo It's aa ae oo tae me It's all the same to me (lit. all one wool) oot She humphed oot the bucket She hauled the bin out ooya Ooya(bas)! Ouch! Paddy's Mairket It's like Paddy's Mairket here It's very untidy. pal Hey pal, whit ye daein? Hey you/mate, what are you doing? pan A'v bin knockin ma pan in aw day I've been working hard all day panel The jannie is on the panel the day The janitor is off work today parritch It's as plain as parritch It's very obvious parritch Save yer braith tae cuil yer parritch Don't waste your breath parteeclar A'm no parteeclar I have no preference patter Dinna gie me aw that patter Don't try to sweet-talk me pauchle The accoontant wis pauchlin the buiks The accountant was cooking the books. peace Can ye no bide at peace a meenit? Can't you be quiet a moment? peace scotshaunbuik.co.uk Version 1.0 19

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Just gie me peace the noo Just leave me alone just now. pea-splittin A canna be fasht splittin peas ower the oots an ins I can't be bothered splitting hairs over the details pech A wis fair pechin aifter gaun up the stair I was really puffing after going up the stairs pee He's a guid lad, but he canna pee faur He's a good chap within his limits peep Thon baloon's needin his gas pit at a peep. That bighead needs taken down a peg. perished A'm perished wi' the cauld I'm freezing peter Dinna come the peter ower me Don't try to dominate me pettit lip Dinna hing the pettit lip (wi me) Don't be sulky! pey A'll pey the denner I'll pay for the meal pipe Thon pit oot his pipe That put im in his place pisher Whit a pisher! What a disaster! pit That pit him fae daein it That stopped him doing it playin yersel Ye'll nivver dae it, ye'r jist playin yersel. You'll never do it, you're just wasting your time. pley He's just pleyin hissel wi thon idea He's wasting his time with that idea plowter He's jist bin plowterin/scutterin aboot aw day

He's just been potteing around all day. praisent A gat it in a praisent I got it as a present price That'll be the price o ye. You'll get what you deserve. puddin A'm jist keepin the puddin het wi thon I'm just keeping the pot boiling on that puff A'v nivver seed him in ma puff I've never seen him in my life puff Come ower, A'm on ma puff here Come over, I'm on my own here puggie Dinna tak a puggie / loss yer puggie. Don't lose your temper. puggie He's as fu as a puggie He's as drunk as a skunk puggie-nits Pey puggie-nits an ye get puggies Pay peanuts and you get monkeys quat A cudna get quat o thaim I coudn't get rid of them Rab Ha She aets like Rab Ha. She has a big appetite. raffle Awa an raffle yersel / yer grannie! Clear off! rag Dinna aye tak the rag (oot) o the wean Don't keep making fun of the child rain / ren A'm jist in here oot the ren Ironic phrase when caught doin something illicit rainin / rennin It's rainin auld wives and pike staves Its raining cats and dogs ran-dan We'r aw oot on the ran-dan We're all out on a pub crawl/having a good time rare scotshaunbuik.co.uk Version 1.0 20

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Rare day the day Lovely day today rate A'm no daein thon at nae rate I'm not doing that under any circumstances read Can a get a read o yer buik aifter Can I borrow your book later redd A'm scunnert reddin up aifter youse I'm fed up tidying up after you lot refreshment Will ye no huv a wee refreshment? Would you like a small alcoholic drink? remember Remember me tae gie him a caa the morn Remind me to call him tomorrow richt / right Am A richt, or am A wrang? I'm right, aren't I? richt / right Ay, right Expression of disbelief (actually a negative) richt / right It's aa richt It's OK riddie A gat a richt riddie/beamer whan I wis fun oot I was really embarrased when I was found out road Shift! Ye'r in the road Move! You're in my way roon(d) the hooses A've bin aw roon the hooses luikin fur ye I've been looking for you everywhere roond Get it roond ye! Take that! rummle We've bin rummled We've been found out sae it is It's a richt scunner, sae it is

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see if See if we canna mak it, wid she girn? Supposing we can't make it, would she complain? see past She canna see past the new laddie She's a bit obessed with the new boy seek A'll no seek I won't try seek A'm no seekin tae gang I don't want to go seen A'v seen masel waitin a oor for that man I've had to wait sometimes an hour for that man seen Ye want tae seen it You should have seen it sesh Are ye fur a sesh aifter wark? Do you want to go drinking after work? shair A shair's ocht / daith As sure as anything shall A shall gae tae the gemm the morn I'll definitely go to the game tomorrow shillin He kens the richt side o a shillin/bawbee He knows about money (or is mean) shooglie peg His jaiket is on a shooglie peg His position (usually at work) is precarious siccar Mak siccar he kens Make sure he knows sickened Thon report fair sickened his mince. The report spoilt it for him. siller A fuil an his siller's easie pairtit A fool and his money are soon parted simmer's day A like a pokey hat on a simmer's day I like an ice cream on a summer day

sin It's a sin, so it is It's a shame, isn't it sit Sit ye doon! Sit down! skaith Ane daes the skaith an anither gits the wyte One does the damage and another gets the blame skoosh Thon exam wis a skoosh That exam was very easy. skreech A'v tae be up at the skreech o day the morn's morn I've to be up at the crack of dawn tomorrow sma Guid gear gangs in sma bulk Good things come in small parcels smit A'v git the smit/cauld I have an infection / cold smit They've git the smit They are in love snash Eneuch o yer snash, you! Enough of your cheek, you snib Can ye lave the door on the snib whan ye gang oot Can you leave the door unlatched when you go out so he is He's a ee(d)jit, so he is tag used for emphasis sodger The wean's a sodjer, skint his knee an didna greet The child is tough, grazed his knee and disn't cry some That's some dunt on the caur That's a very big dent on the car somethin There's aye a somethin scotshaunbuik.co.uk Version 1.0 22

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There are always problems soo Ye canna expeck ocht o a soo but a grumph People act true to form soo Ye hae the wrang soo by the lug You have the wrong end of the stick sook It's aye guid tae sook in wi the boss It's always good to curry favour with the boss sot A'm no feart! Ye are sot! I'm not frightened! You are so! (children's talk) souch Jist keep a calm souch Just keep calm speir fur Tell yer maw a wis speirin fur hir Tell your mother I was asking how she was. stair There an awfie rammie doon the stair There's a terrible commotion downstairs stairt The bairn stairtit greetin The child started to cry stammack Ma stammack think's ma thrapple's cut I'm very hungry stane dyke Yer bangin yer heid agin a stane dyke wi him Your banging your head off a brick wall with him stank It's jist siller doon the stank It's just money down the drain stank The projeck went doon the stank. The project was a disaster. stappit A'm stappit/fu (as a wulk) I'm full up staun guid Will he staun guid for ye? Will he guarantee you / back you up?

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syne Auld lang syne Days of long ago (from the Burns song) syne A've no seen her syne Hogmanay I've not seen her since New Year's eve tae She's a gleg lassie, an bonnie tae She's a clever girl, and also good-looking taen A'm richt taen up wi this job I'm very absorbed in this job taen The bairn's fair taen on wi the new teacher The child is vary taken with the new teacher. tait A wee tait/bittie A little bit tak tent Tak tent! Watch out! tak tent Ye maun tak tent o whit ye wish fur Be careful of what you wish for tak tent Ye shud tak tent tae yer mither You should listen to your mother Tamson's mear The caur's jiggert, it's Tamson's mear for us The car is broken down, its walking (Shanks' pony) for us tea Come in, ye'll have had yer tea Ironic (Edinburgh?) expression to an unwanted visitor tell A'll no tell ye agane For the final time tellin She wudna tak a tellin. She wouldn't be warned. Telt ye! Telt ye! I told you so! terr It wis a rerr terr

It was really entertaining thaim that There wark for thaim that want it There's work for those that want it that A wis that wabbit a jist gaed hame I was so tired i just went home that If ye'r that smairt, you dae it If you are so smart, you do it that Is that you? Have you finished? that That's me aa set I'm ready that That's you then There you are (handing over something) that Whaur's the laddie that brak the windae? Where is the boy who broke the window? the A'll stairt in the wunter I'll start in winter the A'm awa the Setturday I'm going on Saturday the He's aff the wark wi the cauld He's off work with a cold the Jamie bides in the toon James lives in town the She's guid at the Gairman She is good at German the Whaur's the wife the day? Where is your wife today the Whit'v ye got in fur the tea What do you have in for dinner there There yer bits There are your boots there awa The hotel's there awa scotshaunbuik.co.uk Version 1.0 24

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The hotel is over there somewhere think Think on! Think about it! think Think ye sae? Do you think so? thocht It's aye a thocht, gaun tae Aiberdeen Its always a daunting prospect, going to Aberdeen threap Keep yer threap Keep your opinions to yourself thrissel Haud up yer heid like a thrissel Stand proudly throu A tak the bus throu the week I catch a bus on weekdays throu A wis up thou the nicht I was up during the night throu A'm gaun throu tae Embro/Glesca the morn I'm going to Edinburgh/Glasgow tomorrow throu-by Yer faither's throu-by Your father is in the next room time It's aicht oor frae yokin time tae lowsin time It's eight hours from the time to start work and the time to finish time Whit time's it? What is the time? time aboot Me an ma brither gae tae the but an ben time aboot My brother and I take turns going to the cottage tongue She's a tongue that wud clip cloots She has a sharp tongue tongue

Ye've git a (guid Scots) tongue in yer hied You can ask about/for it yourself tore Get tore in! Get stuck in! torn face She's a richt torn / soor / greetin face the day She's bad tempered today towe Ye hae tae lat the towe gae wi the bucket You have to accept your losses trauchle It wis an awfie trauchle gaun intae the toon wi the bairns It was exhausting going into the town with the kids tribbles He disna hae his tribbles tae fin He isn't short of troubles trip Her face wis trippin her She looked very sad troke A'll hae nae mair troke wi him I'll have no more to do with him tuith A hae a sair tuith I have toothache turn The caur's auld but it'll dae the turn fur noo The car is old but it will serve for now uptak She wis aye gleg in the uptak She was always quick to understand us Come wi's Come with me us Gie's a poond Give me a pound verra like We'll ken verra like the morn We'll probably know tomorow vext A'm richt vext tae hear that I'm very sorry to hear that scotshaunbuik.co.uk Version 1.0 25

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wame A fou wame maks a straucht back Prosperity breeds confidence wamefu A'v had a wamefu o thae folk I've had enough of those people want The wife wants taen hame My wife would like to be taken home wantin A doot the dug's wantin oot I think the dog needs to go out wantin A'm no wantin oniethin I don't want anything waste Ye'r wastin the bairn wa aa thae sweeties You're spoiling the child with all those sweets wastit Yer heid's wastit. You are being stupid. watter That gars/maks yer teeth watter That makes your mouthe water wee Can we no haud a wee? Can't we wait a minute? wee Haud a wee Wait a moment wee man In the nemm o the wee man! What the Devil! wee meenit A'll be wi ye in a wee meenit I'll be with you shortly wee yin Hullo, wee yin! Said to a child weel A'm no weel the day I'm feeling unwell today weel He isna worth weel that winna bide wae Those who deserve good fortume must endure the bad weel seen

It's weel seen ye've done this afore Its obvious you've done this before weird Lat him dree his weird Let him suffer his fate weird We maun thole oor weird We have to grin and bear it wey A'm oot the wey o speakin Scots I'm out of the habit of speaking Scots wey o daein That's no ma wey o daein That's not how I do things wey o't By ma wey o't In my opinion wey o't That's no the richt wey o't That's not the true version wey o't That's no the wey o't noo That's not what happens now wey o't There's no ither wey o't There's no alternative whack Ye canna whack it You can't beat it whanivver Come whanivver ye can Come as soon as you can wheen He's bin here fur a wheen o years He's been here for a long time wheesht Haud yer wheesht / mooth! Be quiet! wheesht! Wheesht! Shhh! while back A seed him a while back/syne I saw him a while ago whit Whit a fowk! What a lot of people! whit Whit bonnie! scotshaunbuik.co.uk Version 1.0 26

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How pretty! whit Whit for no? Why not? whit Whit wey noo? Which way now? whussle A need tae wat ma whussle I need a drink wi The car wudna stert wi the cauld. The car wouldn't start due to the cold. wi Wi haen a dose o the cauld, A cudna come I had a cold so coudn't come wice Gin ye wis wice, ye'd be fur hame If you were smart, you'd go home wice That's no wice. That's crazy. will Tak tent or she'll hae her will o ye Watch out or she'll get her own way with you win awa A cudna win / git awa I coudn't get away winchin Is the twa o thaim winchin / gaun oot? Are they courting? wis The English wis bate at Bannockburn The English were beaten at Bannockburn wish D'ye wish anither? Would you like another one? word Hae a word wi yersel You can't be serious wunner A wudna wunner but what he cam I woudn't be surpriesed if he came wunner Naither/nae wunner! No wonder! wunter

A nivver deed o wunter yet I've always pulled through any difficulties yer Whit are yea haein for yer tea? What are you having for dinner? yersel Och, it's yersel I wasn't expecting you yon See yon yin, he's a numptie That person over there is an idiot yon We didna get back tae yon time We didn't get back till late yon Yon's awfie! That's terrible! you Is that you? Ay, that's me Are you ready/finished ? Yes I'm ready Yours aye Yours aye (on a letter) Yours sincerely

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