5. Introductory handsel

A Scots word and example sentence to learn:

  • Stramash [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

  • Definition: An uproar, commotion, hubbub, disturbance, a broil, squabble, row.

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    • Example sentence: “Noo dinnae turn a wee stooshie intae a stramash...”
    • English translation: “Now don’t turn a little squabble into an uproar...”

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Noo dinnae turn a wee stooshie intae a stramash...

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Noo dinnae turn a wee stooshie intae a stramash...

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"That Accounts for it", a January 15th 1799 caricature by Isaac Cruikshank on various human foibles, as exemplified by twelve individuals and the explanations they come up with.

Related word:

  • Muckle
  • Definition: Of size or bulk: large, big, great.
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    • Example sentence: Ah cannae believe the size o the grate muckle men in thae cartoon.
    • English translation: I can’t believe the size of the great big men in that cartoon.

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Ah cannae believe the size o the grate muckle men in thae cartoon.

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Ah cannae believe the size o the grate muckle men in thae cartoon.

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Muckle Flugga - a small rocky island north of Unst in the Shetland Islands, Scotland

5.1 How Scots is used in politics