23 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning In Scotland

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2. "Poke."

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What it usually means: that incredibly irritating, pointless thing everyone used to do on Facebook.

What it means in Scotland: a handy container for chips. As in 'ah need a poke of chips. I'm pure scunnered.'

6. "Traffic cone."

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What it usually means: something that gets in your way when you're trying to drive to Chessington World of Adventures on a bank holiday.


What it means in Scotland:
stylish headgear.

9. "Greeting."

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What it usually means: a friendly acknowledgement or welcome.

What it means in Scotland: crying, as in 'Chantelle wiz heavy greeting when she caught hur man winchin' Audrey.'

13. "Ginger."

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What it usually means: flavourful root often used as a cure for bottom upsets.

What it means in Scotland: state sanctioned hair colour.

What it means in Scotland II: fizzy drink. (as in 'I'm fair gaspin' after that poke of chips. Gonnae get me a can of ginger?')

14. "Ned."

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What it usually means: Flanders (diddly).

What it means in Scotland: An outdoorsy, trendsetting young man who enjoys picnicking with large groups of friends. See also: Buckfast.

17. "Swatch."

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What it usually means: a supercool, multicoloured, water resistant, occasionally fruit flavoured watch

What it means in Scotland: a quick look, as in 'gies a swatch at that 1980s ad fae fruit flavoured watches.'

19. "New Year."

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What it usually means: an evening in December where you swear you'll go out but end up sitting in front of the telly watching Jools Holland's Hootenanny. Again.

What it means in Scotland: an epic, awesome three day festival, occasionally involving mild drowning and hypothermia.

21. "Baltic."

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What it usually means: a group of fairly chilly Northern European countries (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania).

What it means in Scotland: brain-freezingly cold temperatures. Often used to describe the weather in August.

22. "Tattoo."

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What it usually means: an image that you get permanently inked onto your skin and frequently come to regret.

What it means in Scotland: extremely noisy military drumming and motorcycles-jumping-through-flaming-hoops display. Warning: contains bagpipes.

23. "Mince."

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What it usually means: finely chopped pieces of beef, pork or turkey.

What it means in Scotland: something that's comically bad. As in: 'sake man, that BuzzFeed post about Scottish words was a load of mince.'