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ScotPoll launches with a fun survey of Scotland’s favourite sayings – and lands a front page piece in the Herald and page leads in the Sun, Star, Record, Express and Mail.

Our poll of 579 Scots found that their favourite word is aye, followed by crabbit, blether and peely wally.

And a resounding 95 per cent are proud of their heritage and love using terms such as “yer aff yer heid(you’re off your head) and “haud yer wheesht” (be quiet).

Favourite phrases were influenced by TV stars, with “gonnae no dae that” (please don’t do that) – made famous in Chewin’ the Fat - coming top.

Gie it laldy”, much loved by comedian Kevin Bridges, made it to sixth.

Other popular phrases included “it’s a dreich day” in third and “lang may yer lum reek” – or long may your chimney smoke – in 16th.

According to the survey, the top 20 favourite Scottish sayings are:

  1. Gonnae no-dae that! – don’t do that
  2. Haud yer wheesht – be quiet
  3. It’s a dreich day – it’s a cold and miserable day
  4. Ye raff yer heid – you’re off your head, a bit daft
  5. Yer heid’s up yer arse – you’re talking rubbish
  6. Gie it laldy – do something with gusto
  7. Keep the heid – stay calm
  8. Speak ae the Devil – someone you were talking about appears
  9. Ah dinnae ken – I don’t know
  10. Skinny Malinky Longlegs – a tall thin person
  11. Ma heid’s mince – my head’s a bit mixed up
  12. Whit’s fur ye’ll no go be ye! – what’s meant to happen will happen
  13. Ye root yer face! – you’re very drunk
  14. Noo jist haud on – now just hold on
  15. Pure dead brilliant – exceptionally good
  16. Lang may yer lum reek! – may you live long and stay well
  17. Dinnae teach yer Granny to suck eggs – don’t try to teach someone something they already know
  18. Ah umnae – I’m not
  19. Am pure done in – I’m feeling very tired
  20. I’ll gie ye a skelpt lug! – I’ll give you a slap on the ear

The top 20 favourite words

  1. Aye – yes
  2. Crabbit – bad tempered
  3. Blether – talkative
  4. Peely wally – pale
  5. Tattie –potato
  6. Auld – old
  7. Glaikit – stupid
  8. Scunnered – bored
  9. Bonnie – beautiful
  10. Aboot – about
  11. Bahooky – backside
  12. Dinnae – don’t
  13. Drookit – soaking wet
  14. Mining’ – dirty
  15. Eejit – idiot
  16. Haver – talk rubbish
  17. Bairn – baby
  18. Greet – cry
  19. Braw – brilliant
  20. Stookie – plaster cast

Press cuttings

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