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    23 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning In Scotland

    "I can't come into work today, there's a seal on my dashboard."

    1. "Pub."

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    What it usually means: a place you stop off for a quick drink on your way home from work.

    What it means in Scotland: rent free accommodation.

    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.'

    3. "Seagull."

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    What it usually means: grey and white seabird.

    What it means in Scotland: thieving wee bastard.

    4. "International Airport."

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    What it usually means: one of the few places in the UK where it's socially acceptable to drink in the morning.

    What it means in Scotland: a beach.

    5. "Midge."

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    What it usually means: the lead singer of Ultravox.

    What it means in Scotland: Scotland's most ferocious predator.

    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.

    7. "Crowded."

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    What it usually means: being made into human jam on the tube.

    What it means in Scotland: passing more than one other person while out for a walk.

    8. "Trams."

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    What it usually means: a quiet, clean system of transportation used in many cities around the world.

    What it means in Scotland: the aftermath of a Kaiju attack.

    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.'

    10. "Seal."

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    What it usually means: that bloke who used to be married to Heidi Klum.

    What it means in Scotland: common household pest.

    11. "Winter."

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    What it usually means: a time of year when you occasionally have to put on an extra jumper.

    What it means in Scotland: SNOWPOCALYPSE.

    12. "Commute."

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    What it usually means: sitting in traffic on some godforsaken bypass while weeping silently onto your steering wheel.

    What it means in Scotland: severe seasickness.

    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.

    15. "Pandas."

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    What it usually means: big, adorable, endangered black and white bear things.


    What it means in Scotland:
    constant disappointment.

    16. "Heatwave."

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    What it usually means: a prolonged period of excessively hot weather.

    What it means in Scotland: two consecutive 15 degree days.

    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.'

    18. "Chimney."

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    What it usually means: chimney.

    What it means in Scotland: toilet.

    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.

    20. "Soft drinks."

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    What it usually means: cans of ginger.

    What it means in Scotland: any form of booze that's less than 15% proof.

    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.'

    H/T to @absolutelad_, @ian_dunn, @audreyloudon and @pointlesslettrs.

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