Accent, Edinburgh

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    A wee scottish dictionary.

    by Pixiekatten Updated Dec 10, 2006

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    Very helpful indeed.

    aboot - about
    auld - old
    bairn - child
    ben - mountain
    bonnie - beautiful
    brae - slope
    braw - fine
    cock-a-leekie - chicken and leek soup
    coo - cow
    dae - do
    deid - dead
    doon - down
    eejit - idiot
    efter - after
    frae - from
    frein - friend
    Glaswegian (Weegie) - of/from Glasgow
    glen - valley
    gowk - fool
    greet - weep
    guid - good
    hae - have
    heavy - dark beer
    heid - head
    hen - woman
    Hogmanay - New Year's Eve
    hoose - house
    keek - look
    ken - know
    kirk - church
    laddie - boy
    lassie - girl
    loch - lake
    mony - many
    moose - mouse
    mooth - mouth
    nae - no
    neep - turnip
    noo - now
    oor - our
    oot - out
    rid - red
    scunner - nuisance
    steamin - drunk
    tae - to
    tak - take
    tattie - potato
    toun - town
    tak - take
    wee - small
    wud - would
    ye - you

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    Auld Reekie

    by Pixiekatten Written Sep 22, 2006

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    Auld Reekie

    Just one short thing about this great city's name. The city is affectionately nicknamed Auld Reekie, Scottish for Old Smoky. This is because when the only fuels available were coal and wood, all the chimneys would spew lots of smoke into the air. Auld Reekie also referred to the less than sanitary living conditions that would lead to a strong odour covering the city. "Reek" means "smell" in modern Edinburgh.

    Going to Edinburgh you will see all the ash still remains on most houses. The name Auld Reekie seems very appropriate indeed.

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    I love accents, but sometimes...

    by bluefelt Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    I love accents, but sometimes I don't catch every word people say, even if it's in my own language. It can be a funny experience if taken lightly. Don't say 'pants' if you mean 'trousers.' Pants are underwear in the UK. I always mess up that one. Could get you a date or something...

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    The Edinburgh Accent is a...

    by Aragina Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The Edinburgh Accent is a difficult dialect to understand and will take a while to get used to, just be polite and ask them to slow down a little.


    The electricity supply as in the UK is 220-240 volts, you may be able to bring eqwuipment with you that has duel voltage.


    Pub opening times Hurrah!!!! 24 in Scotland :-).

    Tipping 10% in restaurants in the norm.

    Running down the English is a favorite sport here, so if you want to be safe just go with it :-)



    The Pub is Mathers in Broughton Street

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    By the way, for all of those...

    by Jennifer_W Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    By the way, for all of those who haven't been there, I can't blame you for never hearing the name pronounced correctly as all foreign radio and tvannouncers tend to butcher it, but just so you fit in with the locals, it is pronounced:
    ED(as in the proper noun) - IN - BER - AH!!
    And just because they're Scottish, they don't all like haggis or wear kilts, but it definately wouldn't hurt if you tried either of these while you were there!!

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  • Listen out for the Edinburgh...

    by SusanneBeck Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Listen out for the Edinburgh accent! It's quite nice but they take twice as long to say everything. They make one syllable words have two syllables (!) but it does sound nice anyway!

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    An unprepared visitor will...

    by Anya_D Written Aug 25, 2002

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    An unprepared visitor will find it diffucult to understand Scottish accent. And it is not only the accent: they use a lot of gaelic words which are unknown to any normal person who studied current English at highschool. Despite of that, their speech is really facinating. 'Loch' for 'lake', 'glen' for 'valley', 'coo' for cow', and what stands for 'raindeer' is unconveyable, with my very modest experience.

    Scots have beautiful music. I bought two CD's: Celtic Airs by Gaelforce Orchestra and Scotland:The Dances and Dance Bands. The first is traditional instrumental melodies, and the second is self explanatory. Very beautiful!

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