There is no denying that Glaswegians, with their swaggering demeanor and sound disposition, are masters of the English language. Give it laldy and consider this your go-to guide for Glaswegian idioms, so that you don’t have a glaikit coupon (face) when encountering this glorious group. Gaun yersel!
Gallus, a diminutive gem of a word, is a persona, a statement, or a character. It is a type of swag that you either possess or do not possess. When you enter the room with a gallus strut, you are aware that all eyes are on you. It has both negative and positive connotations, making it a double-edged sword.
Bolt Ya Rocket
When someone is testing your patience or grinding your gears, the phrase “bolt ya rocket” is an acceptable response. In other words, it is equivalent to jog on, bug off, leave me alone, etc. The word rocket is an alternative to the terms daft and eejit (another popular weegie word meaning idiot).
Gie’in It Laldy
There is nothing better than gie’in it laldy when engaging in an intense karaoke session or a deeply ingrained dance routine from the past! In other words, dance as if no one is watching, give it your all, go completely batshit insane, and bounce off the walls. And in the end, I have no regrets. That settles it, lady.
Did ye, aye?
“Did ye, aye?” is an excellent rejoinder when sarcasm is required, especially when dealing with someone who is too big for their boots or spouting a load of nonsense. It never fails to put someone in their proper place without being overbearing.
The term for urine. In Glasgow and other parts of Scotland, however, it is commonly used to describe something with a negative vibe. For example, if the score at the football game is not in your favor, it is a waste of time.
Mad Wae It
Intoxicated to an unprecedented degree. When you have consumed too many alcoholic beverages or resemble a space cadet, you are mad wae it.
To abandon, disregard, or leave someone or something. When a friend dinghies you, it is not a pleasant experience.
Swally is synonymous with alcoholic beverages. It wouldn’t be impolite to ask a friend to “Give us a wee swally” when a substantial amount of alcohol is required. It is then up to the friend to decide how much money to donate.
Ah Bawbag, that beauty of a Scottish word that never gets old, thanks in no small part to ‘Hurricane Bawbag’ and that infamous viral trampoline video. In the literal sense, it means testicle bag, but in Glasgow, it has a much broader meaning. For example, “awright bawbag” would be a lovely way to greet your best friend in the entire universe when they visit. However, ‘ya bawbag’ can also refer to a rocket with a gallus disposition that must bolt.
irate to the point of fury When someone annoys you or you experience a particularly hellish day, you tend to be extremely enraged at how things have turned out.
Juice with carbonation, soda, carbonated beverage, soft drink. In Edinburgh, they prefer juice, whereas in Glasgow, they prefer ginger! Whether in Irn-Bru or another bubbly alternative, ginger is unparalleled.
Continue on your own accord. The phrase “gaun yersel” screams encouragement and moral support like nothing else. If Jenny from Forrest Gump were Scottish, she would undoubtedly chant “gaun yersel” instead of “run, Forrest, run” to express her unwavering support.
Away An Bile Yer Heid
You should leave and boil your head. When someone is speaking complete nonsense or driving you insane with their foolishness, sometimes the only option is to say, “Get out of my head!”
What’s the status of your health? In Glasgow, unnecessary words are unnecessary. When meeting someone, it is perfectly acceptable to simply ask how they are doing by asking, “What’s happenin?” It’s not uncommon to hear “little man” or “big man” said after.
Completely and utterly bereft of any semblance of intelligence or comprehension. When a person professes their love for you, the last thing you want to see on their face is a glaikit expression.
Absolute, unprecedented, categorical blood-freezing temperatures exist. When temperatures in Glasgow reach an all-time low and you have to scrape ice off your car in the morning, it is baltic.
The term for a nightclub. Nothing beats giving it the old college try after a Friday night of dancing.
Take off your headgear. You can always identify a Scot on vacation because they are the ones with their taps aff sunbathing in temperatures that non-Scots consider to be arctic. Alternatively, if the correct football team wins, taps may become afflicted.
Topic: 18 Glaswegian Sayings You Should Know
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