St Johnston - Carrigans     ~ Co Donegal.

ULSTER SCOTS LANGUAGE

ST JOHNSTON AND CARRIGANS

 

The spellings given below reflect only how people in our area pronounce the words and expressions. 

 

Somebody pointed out that like most languages, there are

more words that insult women than there are that insult men!  

 

Ulster-Scots

 

English Translation

 

 

 

A

 

I

Abeen

 

Above

Abeen aal   Above all

Aal

 

All

Aal dolled up

 

All dressed up (woman)

Aal happed up   All wrapped up against the cold

A bad plant

 

Bad person

A deeney no naeboody

 

I don’t know anybody

A deeney no unyboody

 

I don’t know anybody

A coodnay dee it

 

I couldn’t do it

A got a bad scar   I got a bad scare
A  heeney a cleek   I haven't got any money to click

A heeney a spunk

 

I’m out of breath

A heeney got nein

 

I haven't got any

A heid case   Insane

A hurted maysell

 

I hurt myself

Ain (like N)

 

Own eg me ain is my own

A just fair hate the sight o 'er / 'im   I hate the sing of her or him a lot

A lock of

 

A little

A lotta

 

A lot of

Aminta   Aren't I?
Amang   Among

A moonlacht flit is a shourt sit

 

A moonlight flit is a short sit – means it is bad luck to move house in

the dark and means you won’t be long where you are going

An oul footer   A person who does a job slowly and incompetently
An oul hoy   A gullible idiot

A Notion of

 

In love with

A nuver knowed 'er   I never knew her

A rotten taste

 

Tastes bad or tastes as if it has gone off

A rung them

 

I rang them

A waiting on

 

On their/her/his death bed

A wee bit

 

A little

A wee taste

 

A little

A wee while

 

A little while

A wheen   A few

A young ain

 

A young one

Aboot

 

About

Aaff

 

Off

Afeard oh

 

Afraid of

Alane

 

Alone

Am haingin' on   I'm hanging on, that is surviving
Am naw weal   I'm unwell
Ankered   Anchored
Aperul   April

Are freens

 

Are related

Argay

 

Argue

Aroon

 

Around

Ashey pet

 

Lazy dog or cat

At aaal

 

At all                                                                              

Awa

 

Away  

Awa our the water

 

Away abroad

Aye

 

Yes

Baaby

 

Baby

Baak

 

Back

Bad crowd

 

Bad bunch

Bad luckin

 

Ugly

Bad oul luck aboot her

 

Sinister looking

Baddest

 

Worst

Badly Shuck   Badly shaken ie frightened
Baag   Bag

Balded

 

Bald

Ban

 

Band

Bare pelt

 

Naked

Bee-st   Cattle
Behint   Behind

Bennistur

 

Banister

Ben-she

 

Banshee

Bertay

 

Bertie

Big lump

 

Grown up

Big stone

 

Rock

Biship

 

Bishop

Blaak

 

Black

Blaakberries

 

Blackberries

Blak Fast   Black Fast - refers to the custom of taking only black tea and nothing else on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday

Blak luckin

 

Dark looking

Blak Smith

 

Blacksmith

Blid

 

Blood

Bliddin'   Bleeding

Blissud Virgun

 

Blessed Virgin

Blondie

 

Blond woman

Bokin

 

Vomiting

Borned

 

Burned

Boulted

 

Enraged

Bourn   Born

Bow-Day

 

Body

Boyz O boyz

 

Boys O Boys, an expression of sympathy

Brae

 

Road going up a small hill

Brattle-of-Thunder

 

Clap of Thunder

Bren-Han   Brendan
Brens   Brains

Breedman

 

Breadman

Brig

 

Bridge

Brock

 

Rubbish

Broon

 

Brown - colour and surname

Brothan/Brochan

 

Porridge

Bugger   Annoying person

Busted the ball

 

Burst the ball

Caat

 

Cat

Cack

 

Excrement

Cahederal

 

Cathedral

Cal

 

Call

Cannae

 

Cannot

Cannae get our

 

Can't get over (ie still annoyed about something or amazed at)

Cannae heed dim

 

Can't believe

Cannel

 

Candle

Carrickan

 

Carrigans

Catherin

 

Catherine

Caught

 

Got pregnant unexpectedly

Chalkie

 

Stupid awkward female

Chased ‘er

 

Got rid of

Chats Vury  Broad   Talks in a strong acce

Cheer

 

Chair

Cheerio   Goodbye

Cherlie

 

Charlie

Chitterin'   Chattering
Chitter   Chatterer
Chou   Chew

Clabbered

 

Person or clothes covered in mud

Clash   Slap
Clat-in   Sneaking about looking for something to take or steal
Cleared   Went away fast

Cleas

 

Clothes

Clergy

 

Protestant minister

Clift

 

Frivolous and daft woman

Coap it our   Turn it over

Cochern

 

Corcoran

Coddin

 

Joking

Com doon

 

Come down

Com roon

 

Come round

Come oot a priest

 

Was ordained a priest

Comin

 

Coming

Conceit in

 

Fond of a person

Confessions

 

Confession

Coo

 

Cow

Cooont

 

Count

Cooonter   Counter
Cooonty   County
Coorse   Course, meaning course and also rough-looking

Cowl

 

Cold

Crabbit

 

Always complaining

Crahadoes

 

Craighadoes

Cretur

 

Poor thing

Crickit fiel

 

Cricket field

Croke

 

Die

Croon

 

Crown

Cud   Could

Cudnay luck at ‘im

 

Couldn’t look at him - meaning he is too irritable

Curser

 

User of bad language

Cutterment

 

Accessory or strange person

Cuttie

 

Girl

Dawn

 

Done

Dear

 

Expensive

Dear Buy   Have a lot to put up with

Dearn

 

Dare

Dee

 

Do

Deef

 

Deaf

Deek   Ditch

Deeney

 

Don't

Deep   Religiously bigoted

Dees-nae

 

Doesn't

Dees-nae no uf 'es comin' or gan   Unintelligent

Deid

 

Dead

Den

 

Dan

Denner   Dander, walk

Did ye get bathed?

 

Did you get a bath?

Diddies

 

Woman's breasts

Didnae

 

Didn’t

Dinnae

 

Don’t

Duked oot   Look out / duck out
Dukin'   Ducking or hiding

Dunt

 

Bump

Divil

 

Devil

Divilment

 

Mischief, harmless practical joking

Don 'er ooot   Done her out, ie outwitted her, took trade away from her for himself or herself

Done ‘im

 

Defrauded him

Donnell

 

O Donnell

Doon on me oaxters

 

Hunched down in an almost sitting position

Doon on me hunkers

 

Hunched down in an almost sitting position

Dor

 

Door

Dose

 

Annoying person

Dotery

 

Doting/Unintelligent

Doubelin

 

Dublin

Doug

 

Dog

Dour

 

Unfriendly

Drap

 

Drop

Drap O Whusk-Kay

 

Drop of Whiskey

Dren   Drain
Droon   Drown
Drooned/Droonded   Drowned
Druve   Drove

Dry bokin

 

Vomiting when nothing comes up

Dudgie

 

Duddy

Dunno

 

Don't know

E Hut 'im a clash   He hit him a slap

E Felled ‘im

 

He hit him

Eat my meat

 

Have a meal

Efter

 

After

Efter-neen   Afternoon

Epple

 

Apple

Eppetite

 

Appetite

Er

 

Her

Erm

 

Arm

Eaythar   Either
Epplies   Applies

Expectin

 

Is pregnant

Eye

 

Always

Faal

 

Fall

Fae (like fay)

 

From

Failed

 

Ailed, not looking well

Fairly getting up

 

Growing up fast

Falt   Fault

Fand o

 

Fond of

Fastin

 

Going to communion

Feard

 

Afraid

Feither

 

Father

Fella   Fellow

Fell oot

 

Have become enemies

Femelie

 

Family

Ferm

 

Farm

Fermer

 

Farmer

Fermyerd

 

Farmyard

Feel

 

Field

Feel o beast   Field of Cattle

Fit

 

Foot

Fitball

 

Football

Fleer

 

Floor

Flet

 

Flat as in lying down flat

Flit

 

Move house

Fly

 

Crafty

Folly   Follow
Footerer   Somebody who takes too long to do something and who cannot do it well
Footering   Playing aimlessly with something, doing a job too slowly and incompetently
Footery   A job or task that requires a lot of attention to small detail and which takes time to do

Forby

 

As well as, in addition

Forgee

 

Forgive

Fornenst

 

Opposite

Foundered

 

Cold

Frien

 

Friend

Full

 

Drunk

Full-im

 

Film

Gallow-Ses

 

Braces for holding up trousers

Gan

 

Going

Gan doon tay

 

Going down to

Gane way

 

Going out with (romantically)

Gan awa tay

 

Going away to

Gannie

 

Going to

Gan on for to bay

 

Going to be

Gansie

 

Jersey

Gappy

 

Stupid

Gawd

 

God

Gee   Give
Geen   Gave
Geen 'im a hemmrin'   Gave him a beating up
Geid   Gave

Gerdin

 

Garden

Get the chimley red

 

Get the chimney cleared and unblocked

Getherrin

 

Gathering

Gid

 

Good

Git

 

Get

Git ooot

 

Get out

Gled   Glad

Gleek

 

Glance

Gless

 

Glass

Glesses

 

Glasses or spectacles

Goes too hard   Goes too fast

Gone awa

 

Go away

Gone may fut

 

Go on my foot

Got a teeth oot

 

Got a tooth extracted

Goul-Lynn

 

Shouting

Gouls

 

Shouts

Granfeither

 

Grandfather

Gread

 

Great

Grave yerd

 

Graveyard

Gress

 

Grass

Grouwin

 

Growing

Guid

 

Good

Guldering

 

Shouting

Gulpin

 

Ignorant Fellow

Gunked

 

Disappointed

Guvvermint

 

Government

Ha’penny

 

Half Penny

Hae

 

Have

Haal   Hall

Half-wit

 

Stupid person

Hallaeve

 

Halloween

Hame

 

Home

Hame work

 

Home work

Handling

 

Trouble, row

Hanted   Haunted

Hard oul lick

 

Miser

Hard Luckin oul chou   Hard looking old chew, meaning somebody is ugly and or rough looking

Harem

 

Harm

Hateful luckin

 

Ugly

Have a sore teeth

 

Have toothache

Hayney

 

Have not

Hayney Time

 

Have no time

Heared   Heard

Heared tell of

 

Heard of

He cut his stick

 

He went off

Hedged

 

Interrupt lovers

Heed

 

Head

Heed naw right

 

Head not right

Heeney

 

Haven't

He heas naebody belangin' tay 'im   He has nobody that belongs to him, ie relations

Heis

 

Has

Heis 'im aaal raised   Has him all agitated

He heis nae boudy belangin tay ‘im

 

He has no relatives

Hemmer   Hammer
Hemmerin   Hammering with hammer
Herp   Harp
Herplin' aboot   Jumping about

He’s Done

 

He’s ready to die, weakened by old age

Hidden   Secretive

Hirpling

 

Limping

Hit

 

It

Hits rotten

 

Its foul tasting

Hit it a kick

 

Kick it

Hit wuz stole

 

It was stolen

Hoakin

 

Poking through somebody else’s belongings

Hoarse & Kert   Horse & Cart

Hoaxter

 

Dishonest person

Holy pict-ur

 

Religious Picture

Hoose

 

House

Hoover

 

Vacuum cleaning

Hourn

 

Horn

Hoy   Foolish person
Hoy up   Egg a person to do something strange or stupid
Howl   Hold
Howlt   Grab

Hubble

 

Problem

Hunted 'im   Got rid of him
Hur beauty man bay covered   Said about an unattractive woman who has found a man, means her beauty must be covered, man is the local word for must

Ice pop

 

Ice lolly

I doubt

 

I believe or think

Ignorant

 

Rude

Ignorant as be-damned   Very rude and unmannerly

Im

 

Him

Isnay Gan   Isn't Going

It’s cat aal the gether

 

Its annoying altogether

It’s ill

 

Its bad

It's ill a aal the gether   Its terrible altogether

Jaa

 

Jaw

Jake

 

Jack, the name Jack or to jack something up

Jake-Da

 

Jackdaw

Jamie

 

James

Jamity God!

 

Swear word,  a form of blasphemy

Kaheleen

 

Kathleen

Kep  

Cap

Kerds

 

Cards

Keepin’ rightly

 

Keeping well, as in healthy

Kerry   Carry

Keevin

 

Kevin

Kilt

 

Killed

Kin-ah

 

Kind of

Kittel

 

Have kittens

Kittelens

 

Kittens

Knowed   Never

Kooont

 

Count

Kooonter   Counter
Kooonty   County

Laa

 

Law

Laached

 

Laughed

Laacht

 

Light

Lang

 

Long

Lang Gauge   Language

Laft

 

Loft

Lee

 

Leave

Leek

 

Like 

Leek niethin

 

Like nothing

Lene

 

Lane

Let on

 

Pretend

Lezy

 

Lazy

Liffer

 

Lifford

Limon aid

 

Lemonade

Lit   Let (allow)

Lizabith

 

Elizabeth

Lowsed

 

Lost

Luck at the shoop o that

 

Look at the shape (state) of that

Lucking

 

Looking

Ma heid’s awa

 

I’m unable to think

Mack

 

Make

Mack Up   Make-up
Mackin Up Oul Phrases   Making up stories, lies

Man

 

Must

Mare

 

More

Mare o

 

More of

Margit

 

Margaret

McLaaghlin

 

McLaughlin

Meetin hoose

 

Presbyterian Church

Menners   Manners

Merch

 

March - to march and the Month of March

Merchin

 

Marching

Merriet

 

Married

Mi

 

May (the month)

Midden

 

Rubbish tip

Middlin

 

Half good and half bad

Midnacht   Midnight
Minis   Minutes

Minit

 

Minute

Miserable

 

Don't want to spend money, miserly

Money

 

Many

Money he’s she?

 

How many has she?

Moonlacht

 

Moonlight

Moose

 

Mouse

Moose trap

 

Mouse Trap

Mooses

 

Mice

Mooth

 

Mouth

Mournin

 

Morning

Muck Anulty

 

McNulty

Muck Boor-tay   McBrearty

Mulk

 

Milk

Murray

 

Mary

My n hoose   My own house

Nacht

 

Night

Nay boudy

 

Nobody

Nay guid

 

No good

Naw

 

No

Naw a hate of that

 

There is nothing of that ie not true

Naw the cut   A bad person
Naw thorough   Not thoroughly sane
Naw too square   Not thoroughly sane

Naw weal

 

Not well

Naw wise

 

Insane

Near Han   Hear hand or nearby
Neb   Beak of a bird, tip of a pen

Nee-Am-Min

 

Complaining, Cat Meowing

Nee-Am-Mirror

 

Complainer

Nein

 

None

Neithin

 

Nothing

Nell   Nail
Nelled   Nailed

New ance

 

Something new

Nigh-boors   Neighbours
Nix Setterday etc   Next Saturday.  Means not the Saturday following but the one after  that.  For example, this Mi is this May meaning the May closest in time while next May means the first May after that

Noo

 

Now

Nuver

 

Never

Nuver heared ‘er

 

Never heard her

Och

 

Oh

Odd

 

Anti-social

Oil cloth

 

Lino

Only a Cod

 

Only a joke, untrue

On Pups

 

A dog is pregnant

O'   Of

Ooor

 

Our or hour

Ooot

 

Out

Ooota

 

Out of

Oor

 

Hour

Oor boyz

 

My children or our children.  Even if the family is all girls this expression is used! 

Ospital

 

Hospital

Oul

 

Old

Oul boy

 

Father

Oul doll

 

Mother

Oul folk

 

Old people

Oul hussy

 

Mother

Oul lick

 

Sycophant, flatterer

Oul wan

 

Expression of contempt for a person

Our the wire

 

Over the wire fence

Oxter

 

Armpit

Pack With

 

Friendly with

Paint on her

 

Wearing makeup

Paterick

 

Patrick

Payhin'   Panting
Pen   Pain

Perty

 

Party

Phota

 

Photo

Pie

 

Pay

Pied

 

Paid

Pit ‘er oot

 

Put her out

Poke-It   Pocket
Poochin   Poaching - ie catching fish without licence or permit

Poosin

 

Poison

Poosined

 

Poisoned

Poosiner

 

Poisoner - an annoying person

Pounay

 

Pony

Prisbyterian

 

Presbyterian

Prodison

 

Protestant

Purdies

 

Potatoes

Q

 

Hugh

Quare   strange
Quare and nice   Very nice
Quare folk   Strange or useless people

Racht

 

Right

Rare

 

Strange

Rare lukin

 

Strange looking

Ray-phouw

 

Raphoe

Renn

 

Rain

Reashes   Reeds

Reek

 

Smoke

Red   Rid

Rid

 

Red

Roon

 

Round

Roonaboot

 

Roundabout

Ruuse a hanlin

 

Stirred up a row

Ruckus

 

Fuss, this word is used in Scotland too

Saang

 

Song

Scallops

 

Briars used to fasten thatch to roofs

Scelp your bum

 

Slap your bum, said to a child as a mild threat to put the child across one’s knee

School messter

 

School master

Scowl

 

Tell off

Scowler

 

Person always telling people off

Scrangin

 

Rummaging through somebody else's private items

Scunnered

 

Fed up or disgusted with

Seek

 

Sick

Sef   Safe
Sefty   Safety
Sek   Sack
Sem   Same

Setterday

 

Saturday

Shap

 

Shop

Shead

 

Shed

She lit a big gowl ooota 'her   She let a big roar out of her
She's vury curious   Shes very eccentric and antisocial
Shough   Drain along the roadside

Showort

 

Short

Showurts

 

Shorts

Showrtly   Shortly
Shray-hin'   Shrieking
Shraychs   Shrieks
Shuck   Shook

Shuwld-er

 

Shoulder

Sib-bred

 

Animals fathered and mothered by animals that were too closely related

Skimpit   Skimpy, small

Slak

 

Careless and untidy, slack

Slap

 

A gap in a fence and sometimes a hedge that a person can get through

Sleeked

 

Crafty and devious

Slipped 'is heed   Slipped his head - used locally to describe the act of getting a girl pregnant and then abandoning her
Slud   Slid, slide
Slype   Drag, slut

Smirt

 

Smart

Smittled   Spread an illness to
Snowdraps   Snowdrops

Soo

 

Sow

Sook(ed)   Suck(ed)

Soorah

 

Sarah

Sore heid

 

Sore head, more specifically a headache

Snowdraps   Snowdrops

Sowl

 

Soul or sole of shoe

Spoot   Spout
Spootin'   Spouting
Stan   Stand

Stap

 

Stop

Station hoose

 

Station House

Stat-Yay

 

Statue

Stoke   Gypsy - derogatory

Sub

 

Loan

Sung it   (He/She) Sang it
Sure   Shower
Sure o ren   Shower of rain

Surgery

 

Doctors

Swalla

 

Swallow the bird or to swallow

Sweeled aroon

 

Wrapped around

Sweetays

 

Sweets

Sweltered

 

Too hot

Swully

 

Swilly

Taal

 

Tall

Tae

 

To

Tam

 

Tom or Tom Cat

Tamatas   Tomatoes

Tammy

 

Tommy

Tams

 

Tom cats

Tangs   Tongs

Tap

 

Top

Tappy

 

Stupid woman

Tartles

 

Rags, untidy clumps of hair that hang down

Tay

 

Tea

Taybag

 

Teabag

Teeth paste

 

Toothpaste

Teethache

 

Toothache

Tell

 

Tail

Tell of her eye

 

Saw with the corner of her eye

Tellyveeshion

 

Television

Tematas

 

Tomatoes

Tevverd   So annoyed that one can't think - Ma heid's tevvered

That road

 

That way

That’s ill all the gether

 

That’s terrible

That's naw hit   That's not it

The bus man

 

Bus driver

The cure

 

Taking a drink to cure a hangover

to undergo a rite or consume something provided by a folk healer with alleged healing powers

The day

 

Today

The evil

 

A cyst

The gether   Together
The night   Tonight

Them folk

 

Those people

Them wans

 

Those people

The morn night

 

Tomorrow night

The morra

 

Tomorrow

The nacht   Tonight

The night

 

Tonight

The picktours

 

The cinema

The rail

 

Railway

The slap   Opening in hedge

Thick

 

Obstinately resentful and angry

Thinking lang

 

Missing something terribly so that the time seems very long

Thinks he is somethin

 

Conceited

Thole

 

Endure or tolerate a pain or situation or person

Thon

 

That

Thou   Thaw

Thran

 

Contrary and always looking for an argument

Threed   Thread

Thrigged up

 

Dressed up very well

Thru-Gan   Mischievous, badly behaved
Thunner   Thunder
Thurs a wile drouth on may   I am very thirsty
Thurs a wile hunger on may   I am very hungry

Tick us tay

 

Take us to

To oakster 'im up

 

To help someone to walk, eg a drunk man

Toon

 

Town

Towel

 

Told

Towel aff   Told off, scolded

Tray-ann

 

Train

Tray-al   Trail, slut

Tuck

 

Took

Understud   Understood

Unknownst

 

Unknown to or unnoticed

Unmennerly   Unmannerly

Un-nay

 

Any

Urchin

 

Hedgehog

Vease

 

Vase

Vit

 

Vet

Vury

 

Very

Waal

 

Wall

Waal paper

 

Wall paper

Waddin

 

Wedding

Wak

 

Walk

Wakind

 

Wakened

Wall

 

Will - as in last will

Wan

 

One

Wane

 

Baby or child

Wather

 

Weather

Way ‘er

 

With her

Weanish

 

Childish

Weal

 

Well – as in healthy

Weal Mended

 

Well-Mended, that is, looking healthier

Wee cuttie

 

Wee girl

Wee filla

 

Wee fellow

Wee folk

 

Fairies

Wee lass

 

Little or young girl

Wee toady

 

Tiny child or toddler

Wee ‘un

 

Wee one or child

Well met   Compatible (derogatory) if two people were bad and became friends they would be said to be well met
We wuz al badly scared   We were all badly scared

Whar

 

Where

Whit

 

What

White

 

Insincerely charming

Wi

 

With

Widinsday

 

Wednesday

Widow-man   Widower - the expression seems to come from the Irish which had widowers as fear baintreach meaning male widow

Wile

 

Very, wild

Wile-luckin   Ugly

Willa

 

Willow

Winda

 

Window

Wiped 'er eye   Wiped her eye is what a woman does when she steals another woman's boyfriend

Wireless

 

Radio

Wit   Wet

Wolson

 

Wilson

Wrang

 

Wrong

Wud nay

 

Wouldn’t

Ye

 

You

Yella

 

Yellow

Yonder

 

Over there

Young folk

 

Young people

Yous

 

You (plural)

 

Links to official Ulster Scots Language resources

 

http://www.scots-online.org/airticles/awaeoo.pdf
 
http://www.scots-online.org/grammar/uscots.htm