About the Words
There may be some words that are unfamiliar to you.
In the Highlands some people speak Scots and some Gaelic, and some have a smattering of the two in their day to day conversations.
Here are a few from the series!
This is a Scots word for a refuse heap, now mainly used to describe children's bedrooms.
A Scots word for Turnip, and can be used affecionately for cuddly wee babies!
A Gaelic word for an old man.
A Gaelic word for an old woman.
Scots word for New Year's Eve.
What Scottish children do on Halloween - dressing up and visiting houses to do a wee song or tell a joke.
Scots word for determined and full of courage.
Gaelic for thank you.
Scots word for an awful muddle.
A gathering, with music, stories, and perhaps the odd wee dance too!
Clootie or Cloot
Scots word for a cloth, so clootie dumpling is a kind of fruit pudding wrapped in a muslin cloth and boiled. Clootie trees or clootie wells occur in the Highlands usually where there is a water source and where people leave a wee piece of cloth tied to a branch, for good health, or for luck.