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Why Scottish Words Illustrated.

Scottish Words translated and Illustrated are added here weekly. Why Scottish words? They are full of attitude, great on the ear, emotive, and most are not too far from English which makes it globally accessible. Plus I hear and speak it every day. Perfect for the job. The latest Word here.

Why start the Scottish Words site.

This site was my reaction to the slow drowning of all languages by the globalization of ‘International English’. Mainly through the lazy International English built into computers and consequently its spread through the Interwebs. More on How and Why here.

Have a look and let me know if my work makes you smile – it should. There is also help with pronunciation on most of the word pages. *‘Gie yer friends a gas’ and let them know about this site.

For those that noticed that the posts stopped in September 2012.

During 2012 I became ill and the most serious symptom for me was that I eventually stopped drawing or being creative in any fashion. Depression is a first world problem but nevertheless it is very real, misery inducing and debilitating. The good news is that I have survived and have made it into the latter stages of 2016 where I am now managing to update the site again – regularly.

Scottish Words Calendar 2017

is no longer available for 2017 but there will be a 2018 version.

Illustration Friday

Illustration Friday. View the thumbnail links to all the weekly word entries for illustration Friday where I interpreted a word set by the owners of the IF web site.

Phonetic guide to pronunciation.

guidance to phonetic word pronunciations here. See how the phonetic alphabet works – this link opens a page which gives you guidance on the way each letter in the phonetic alphabet represents a particular sound. This guidance is available as a pop up window when you click on any phonetic image of a Scottish word on most of this site. It will give you some clue as to how you should be pronouncing the words.

twitter Troodles. Definition of troodle here, or how to have fun tweeting doodles.

Buy the Tshirt.

Link to T shirts and stuff for sale.Scottish Words’ T-shirts and stuff are no longer available for the time being. However – so that youz can continue buying stuff to support what I am doing here – that service will return. It will help me support the stooryduster web site. Only one word a week – illustrated and defined – that’s all I can afford (typical Scotsman).

An illustrated dictionary?

This will be a comprehensive illustrated dictionary although not yet. But if the years pass and I don’t die too soon it’ll get there.

If I’m spared, as they say.


There is an online Scots dictionary by the Scottish Dictionary Association on the Web which gives well founded meanings for Scottish words – well funded and supported by academics – this site here is only me.


*Gie yer friends a gas: give your friends so much enjoyment they’re gasping for breath.