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Well ........finally here it is .......our language ........semi de- cyphered........well a little .........there's more than this....... but it's a start's not pure glaswegian ......... there are many many .......many....... and i mean many scots slangs .......this is  the nice shit ! .....some of it is bad  really........ really .......bad......this is the tame stuff to get you started ...............

25 words that mean something completely different in Scotland

From getting 'messages' to enjoying a 'piece' - the most popular phrases that always cause confusion for non-Scots.

A Scotland fan trying to 'winch' a Swedish policewoman during a World Cup Game
A Scotland fan trying to 'winch' a Swedish policewoman during a World Cup Game

A constant source of confusion for visitors (and often, a source of hilarity for Scots), certain words can mean very, very different things to people in Scotland than they do for others.

This means that simple exchanges between Scots can often seem baffling to outsiders when they don't realise the difference.

From "popping out to get the messages" to showing people "your piece", there are some expressions and terms that are bound to get non-Scots doing a double take.

Thankfully, mastering the basics won't take long, and before you know it you'll be able to join in with the locals with more confidence you know what they are referring to.

To help, we've put together a handy guide to some of the best words that mean something completely different in Scotland.

Here are some of our favourites.

1. Messages

What it usually means: Verbal or written communications between people

Meaning in Scotland: Your shopping.

READ MORE: 25 Scottish facts you might not know for family and friends quiz nights

2. Piece

What it usually means: A part of something.

Meaning in Scotland: A sandwich.

3. Greeting

What it usually means: A polite welcome.

Meaning in Scotland: To cry.

4. Cry

What it usually means: To sob.

Meaning in Scotland: Call (as in what do you call him?).

5. Steaming

What it usually means: Emitting steam.

Meaning in Scotland: Very drunk.

6. How

What it usually means: How

Meaning in Scotland (particularly Glasgow): To question Why?

7. Burn

What it usually means: to harm using fire.

Meaning in Scotland: A wee stream.

8. Coo

A Highland cow rests in front of the Buachaille Etive Mor near Glencoe
A highland cow also known as a hairy coo 

What it usually means: The noise a pigeon makes.

Meaning in Scotland: A cow (normally a Highland Cow)

9. Baltic

What it usually means: Relating to the Baltic Sea or the region surrounding it.

Meaning in Scotland: It’s frozen.

10. Winch

What it usually means: A mechanism using rope that pulls or lifts things.

Meaning in Scotland: To kiss.

11. Aboot

What it usually means: A form of footwear.

Meaning in Scotland: About.

12. Close

What it usually means: Nearby.

Meaning in Scotland: The passageway leading into a tenement building.

13. Coupon

What it usually means: a voucher to get a discount on something.

Meaning in Scotland: A face.

14. Empty

What it usually means: The opposite of full.

Meaning in Scotland: An excuse for a party.

15. Fit

What it usually means: Sporty.

Meaning in Scotland: How? (Doric)

16. Flit

What it usually means: To move swiftly and lightly.

Meaning in Scotland: To move house.

17. Honking

What it usually means: The noise a goose makes.

Meaning in Scotland: Stinking

18. Patter

What it usually means: To make a repeated light tapping sound.

Meaning in Scotland: To be good with words, funny.

19. Ned

A Ned in Scotland is very different
A Ned in Scotland is very different 

What it usually means: A shortened version of Edward (as in Ned Flanders)

Meaning in Scotland: A troublemaker

20. Patch

What it usually means: A piece of cloth used to mend a torn piece of clothing.

Meaning in Scotland: To ignore someone.

21. Ken

What it usually means: The male version of Barbie.

Meaning in Scotland: Know.

22. Barry

What it usually means: A name for a male.

Meaning in Scotland (Edinburgh): Something really good.

23. Hen

What it usually means: A female chicken

Meaning in Scotland: A generic term for a female.

24. Mink

What it usually means: A stoat-like animal.

Meaning in Scotland: A dirty person.

25. Poke

What it usually means: To prod someone.


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