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19 Words That Have A Completely Different Meaning In Glasgow

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1. "Cargo"

What it usually means: Goods carried by a ship or an aircraft.

What it means in Glasgow: A carry-out of alcoholic drinks from an off-licence. As in, "Ye should a seen the size a the cargo Tam turnt up wi' last night."

3. "Beamer"

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What it usually means: A slang term for a BMW.

What it means in Glasgow: Having a red face due to embarrassment. As in, "Tam had a right beamer when he remembered whit he did down the pub last Friday."

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5. "Gallus"

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What it usually means: A Roman poet, orator, and politician.

What it means in Glasgow: When in reference to a person: unmanageable, overconfident, or cheeky, as in, "Ye gallus wee besom!" Can also mean stylish or impressive, as in, "That kilt's pure gallus, wee man."

6. "Ragdoll"

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What it usually means: A doll that is traditionally made from scraps of spare material.

What it means in Glasgow: To shake someone roughly. As in, "Ah’ll ragdoll ye if ah catch ye!"

7. "Roaster"

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What it usually means: A tin used for cooking meat in the oven.

What it means in Glasgow: Someone deeply annoying who is making a total idiot of themselves. As in, "Shut yer hole, ya roaster."

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9. "Coupon"

What it usually means: A voucher entitling its holder to a discount.

What it means in Glasgow: A face. As in, "Whit's up with yer coupon, Senga?"

10. "Tan"

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What it usually means: To develop a golden-brown shade of skin by spending time in the sun.

What it means in Glasgow: To down your drink. As in, "Jordan just tanned a pint of Buckie!"

11. "Ginger"

What it usually means: A hot spice made from a plant.

What it means in Glasgow: A fizzy drink, often Irn-Bru. As in, "Pass me that can of ginger, ma heid's loupin."

12. "Winching"

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What it usually means: The act of lifting or moving something using a motorised device.

What it means in Glasgow: Snogging. As in, "I saw Wee Gary winchin' Ashley at the dancin' last night."

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14. "Rocket"

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What it usually means: A device that is launched into the air using explosives.

What it means in Glasgow: A daft person, someone who's lost their grip on reality. As in, "Stoap goin' on about UFOs, ya rocket."

16. "Belter"

What it usually means: Someone who sings in a high voice.

What it means in Glasgow: Excellent. As in, "Aye, that wuz a belter of a Commonweath Games."

17. "Banjo"

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What it usually means: A musical instrument.

What it means in Glasgow: To hit someone as hard as you can. As in, "John tanned ma drink and then winched ma missus, so ah banjoed him."

19. "Edgy"

What it usually means: Cutting edge, cool.

What it means in Glasgow: Watching out for teachers/the police while your friends do something they shouldn't. As in, "Ah wiz keepin edgy for Cam while he wiz knockin' some apples fae next door."

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