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YOU MIGHT BE A HIGHLANDS JUNKIE IF…If you named your West Highland terrier MacDuff and your cat Haggis…you might be a Highlands junkie.
If you wouldn’t think of missing the Highland Games…you might be a Highlands junkie.
If you check out the kilts at Comic-Con for your husband (and wish he'd wear them!)...you might be a Highlands Junkie. ~ Colleen Poor
If you ever wanted to taste haggis…you might be a Highlands Junkie. ~ Joy Brown
If you can recite the names of Scottish kings…you might be a Highlands junkie.
If you ever wore a Kilt to Church…you might be a Highlands Junkie. ~ Joy Brown
If the sound of bagpipes is music to your ears…you might be a Highlands junkie.
If you’ve ever used the claymore hanging above your fireplace to carve your Thanksgiving turkey…you might be a Highlands Junkie.
If hearing a deep masculine burr turns your knees to jelly…you might be a Highlands junkie.
If every time you spot a hunky guy you imagine him in a kilt…you might be a Highlands junkie. ~ Lynn
If you’ve bought a house just because it’s fully decorated in plaid (drapes and other furnishings)…you might be a Highlands junkie. ~ Ann
If you dress your dog or cat in cute tartan outfits…you might be a Highlands junkie ~ Ann
If you had your car painted in a tartan…you might be a Highlands junkie ~ Ann
If you actually know what your Scotsman wears under his kilt, you might be a Highlands Junkie.
~ That Brunette
If you're at a hymnsing led by the music director and choir from your church, and see that one of the hymn tunes is based on an old Gaelic tune called "Bunessen", and you remember staying in a B&B in that very town on the Isle of Mull with great fondness…you might be a Highlands junkie. ~ Lynn
If the books on your keeper shelf all have “Highlander,” a bit of tartan or heather on the cover…you might be a Highlands junkie.
If Danny Boy always brings you to tears…you might be a Highlands junkie.
If you have kids named Angus, Agnes, Tavish or Hamish…you might be a Highlands junkie.
If your wedding cake topper looked like this
…you might be a Highlands junkie.
If your herd looks like this…you may be a Highlands junkie.
My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here,
My heart's in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer;
A-chasing the wild deer, and following the roe,
My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go.
~ Robert Burns
As yet too hungry and too clumsy for tenderness, still he made love with a sort of unflagging joy that made me think that male virginity might be a highly underrated commodity.
~ Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Sandy's Scot/Gael Glossary
Arbroath smokie, haddock smoked to a sooty copper color
At Meat, to eat, dine
Auld Reekie, Edinburgh
Bap, bread roll
Barm, yeast (still not obsolete)
Bawsins, cattle marked on the forehead
Bier, a lament, a moan
Birdalane or burdalane, a term of
sorrowful endearment, applied to an only child,
especially a girl, to signify that she is without
household comrades or companions.
Black-mail, a tax levied by many Highland chieftains to
protect cattle traveling through their territories to
southern markets. Plaque (small Scottish coin) and not
black was the original term.
Blavers, blue cornflowers
Bluntie, a stupid fellow
Borde, table, as when referring to meals, food
Bodle, a small Scottish coin of less value than a bawbee,
the sixth of an English penny
Brash, a sickness, eruption, rash
Breacan feile, (G) literal translation ”speckled cloth”, what we know as plaid
Breeks, nether garments of a man, trews, breeches
Bring home, to deliver a child
Bryttle, to cut up venison
Ca’ cannie!,(G)exclamation, Beware!
Cairn, heap of stones marking a particular spot/grave/path
Cannie, canny, careful
Cantie, a charm, a spell, a mischievous trick
Canteran, a term applied by Lowlanders to a Highland
marauder, thought to be lawless predators
Close, narrow passage between buildings
Coof, a fool, blockhead
Cushat, a turtle dove, a wood pigeon
Cuttie stool, a short three legged stool
Darg, a job of work, also wark
Dautie, a darling, one who is fondled and affectionately
Dawds and blawds, a phrase that denotes the greatest
Deil’s-buckie or Deevil’s-buckie, an angry epithet applied
to any mischievous lad. Also thrawn and twisted buckie
Eke, to add to, an addition to a testament, a codicil to a will, that extra glass of whisky pressed onto a guest at the end of the night
Feileadh beag, (G) Garb of old(auld) Gaul, modern = full kilt
Fey, fated, bewitched, unlucky, one who’s fate is known or
Full fair, elegant, beautiful
“Garb of auld Gaul”, consists of a piece of woolen cloth,
two meters in width, six meters in length, carefully
gathered into pleats at the center, one end being worn
about the wearer’s back, over the shoulder, and secured
by a brooch at the shoulder and a stout leather belt at
Gilpie, a saucy young girl
Gridle or bander, a circular iron plate used for roasting
oat cakes over an open fire
Glack, a ravine
Glamour, enchantment, witchcraft, fascination
Gled, a kite, a hawk, a vulture
Gloaming, the twilight
Glunch, an angry frown
Gowk, a cuckoo, also a fool
Gowl, to bawl and howl
Gowpen, two handfuls
Grandgore, glengore, or glandgore, the venereal disease
Greet, cry, weep
Grue, a greyhound
Gurr, to snarl like an angry dog
Havers, oats, Haver-meal, oatmeal, Can also mean nonsense.
Hawkie, pet name for a favorite cow or one who is a good
Hetch, to offer, to promise as in “And Willie hetch to
Hinnie, term of endearment among Highlanders
Hizzie, a huzzy lass
Hogmanay, (G) New Year’s Day celebration
Hoodock, hooded owl
Houghmagandie, (G) child bearing, often wrongly supposed to
mean illicit sex. It was more the result of
sex, illicit or otherwise.
Howdie or Howdie-wife, a mid-wife
Hurdies, the hips, rounded muscle bottom
Ingle, the fire. Ingle-side, the fireside or hearth.
Jimp, slender at the waist
Kain, tribute or tax
Kain-bairns, a boarder Scot superstition that infants were
seized in their cradles by warlocks and witches and
paid as a kain to their master the devil.
Keen, to weep loudly
Kelpie, a water-sprite
Keltie, a large glass with a round bottom that could not be set down unless drained.
Ken, know or understand
Laverock, the lark
Limmer, a deprecating epithet for a woman, one who leaps
the bounds of propriety
Mawmet, an idol
Mearache, (G) an error
Meggy Monyfeet, a centipede
Merle, the blackbird
Messan, a cur, a lap-dog
Minnie, term of endearment for a mother
Nappie, strong drink
Outlers, the cattle left out at night for want of a barn
Outside of the Loof, the back side of the hand, as in “The
outside of my loof to ye” indicating a rejection of
Padda, or Paddock, a frog or toad, a paddock stool would be
our toad stool mushroom
Parritch or Porridge, boiled oats seasoned with milk and
salt often with butter or beer
Pickle, a small quantity, also beag
Pig, an earthen pitcher, vessel, or flower pot
Pit-dark, dark as the bottom of a pit
Pirrie-dog, a dog that follows his master’s heels
Piss-a-bed, a vulgar name for the despised dandelion or
Plack, an ancient Scottish coin valued at one twelfth an
Pockpud, an abbreviation of the contemptuous epithet pock-
pudding meaning the English.
Rispie, a bulrush, a badge worn on the bonnet by the clan
Sark, the linen, woolen, silken or cotton garment worn next
to the skin by men and women.
Seabhag, (G) hawk
Slainte mhor! (G) Good health!
Smote, to strike
Snow up, to clean
Suggit, subject, servant
Taibhseam, (G) a ghost
Voweress, a widow who pledge herself to God without becoming a nun
Whisky, no “e”
Whistle binkie, a musician, harpist, fiddler, or piper Wully-wha-ing, insincere flattery
Withershins, to move or pass something against the course
of the sun, the wrong way around a table.
Wowf, particularly deranged. Wud, raging or stark raving
mad, where as daft is only slightly deranged.
Wynd, a narrow, winding street
Yestreen, yesterday or last night