2. Introductory handsel

A Scots word and example sentence to learn:

  • Sitooterie [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]
  • Definition: In a restaurant, etc., an area where patrons can sit outside; a conservatory.
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    • Example sentence: “Thon’s a braw wee sitooterie ye’v biggit oan tae yer hoose.”
    • English translation: “That’s an excellent little conservatory you’ve built on to your house.”

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Thon’s a braw wee sitooterie ye’v biggit oan tae yer hoose.

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Thon’s a braw wee sitooterie ye’v biggit oan tae yer hoose.

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Conservatory

Related word:

  • Dirl
  • Definition: (verb, transitive) To cause to vibrate, to shake.
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    • Example sentence: “Thon windaes maun dirl in a coorse win.”
    • English translation: “Those windows must vibrate in a rough wind.”

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Thon windaes maun dirl in a coorse win.

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Thon windaes maun dirl in a coorse win.

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Greenhouse after the storm

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Part 2

Apart from the meaning of sitooterie, can you identify the meaning of the words Fairnie suggests should be included into the DSL: beamer, riddie, schemie, multi, barrie and bogging?

Using the following two lists, match each numbered item with the correct letter.

  1. beamer

  2. riddie

  3. schemie

  4. multi

  5. barrie

  6. bogging

  • a.person who behaves, dresses, etc. as if coming from a housing estate

  • b.a blushing face

  • c.a high-rise council flat/ block of flats

  • d.dirty, disgusting, smelly

  • e.good

  • f.ready

The correct answers are:
  • 1 = b
  • 2 = f
  • 3 = a
  • 4 = c
  • 5 = e
  • 6 = d

2.1 Finding and sharing vocabulary