More than 40 Scots words have been added to or updated in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) in the latest lexicon refresh.
Following the ‘words where you are’ appeal which asked the public to submit words from their own regional dialect, the Scots words help make up the 650 which have been added to the OED this month.
If some of these were to slip from your geggie (mouth) you could look a bit of a bauchle (a laughing stock) – and even get your jotters (dismissed from your job).
Other highlights include fantoosh – an adjective for someone who is flashy and stylish (but often used disparagingly to imply pretentiousness) – and baffies, a well-known term for slippers.
Fiona McPherson, senior editor on the OED and a former Weegie (another recent addition to the dictionary) said: “It was a great joy to work on these Scottish words, some of which were familiar to me, and a good number of which were submitted via our the Free The Word campaign of 2017.
“The variety of words included show innovation, self-deprecation, and a sense of humour, and are all worthy additions to the OED.”