“Are ye sure I’ve tae dae this afore I can jine the nae brakes brae gang?”
brae: side of a hill; road with a steep gradient.
“Are you sure that I have to do this before I can become a member of the no brakes hill gang?”
Surely we’ve all had rites of passage where we challenged ourselves to overcome something fearful (at the time) and then moved on.
Some of mine were; sledging down the massive hill the big kids sledge down. Taking an apple from the grumpy headmaster’s tree. My one and only shoplift. I’ll skip the adult ones.
One in particular was circumnavigating the bole of a massive beech tree about fifteen feet off the ground.
It was only possible when your arms had grown long enough to reach the hand holds.
This really was a big tree at least ten to fifteen outstretched arm spans in circumference.
Alas it is cut down now. For health and safety reasons probably.
What is health and safety anyway?
The right to live from birth to a comfortable death caused by old age?
The right to be protected from any and all hurt either physical or mental?
The right to legal aid to sue the pants off anyone who causes us hurt by any action or inaction?
In fact keep me a baby and keep my mum and dad alive until I die. That should be my right.
Shouldn’t we take responsibility for our own actions, take a risk, do something we’ve never done before? Get a life in fact.
Even a zombie takes more risks than a person who loves their own comfort above all other things.
Deader than a zombie and still alive? Tsk tsk.
Your options: Above the illustration and meaning of each Scottish word you can choose previous or next or search for a word. You also have the options to go directly to the very first word or very last word or choose to view an illustrated word chosen at random. You can subscribe to the RSS feed here too. You can choose to view the words as just words grouped by year in the archives section. or select from this collection of thumbnails of words done for Illustration Friday. There is a pull down category list in the left column of each word pages where you can sort the words by category creating a list of caption excerpts, thumbnails, word and meaning. Why Scottish Words gives an overview of this site's purpose, its beginning and why Scottish words were chosen as a topic to illustrate define and translate. There you can also access some information about me and information in using the phonetic alphabet to help with pronouncing the words. There is a site map here of this site. If you like a challenge you can try the Scottish word quizzes and you can buy and wear a T-shirt of mine from spreadshirt.com - helping to support this site. You can also view my favourite links or my collection of public links at delicious.com - these are mainly for illustrators, designers, animators and artists.
If you have any suggestions for anything you think I should add to the stooryduster site you can leave a comment or contact me directly through my contact page. Naturally all the cartoons are my copyright so if you want to use any please let me know. It's surprising how accommodating many artists are with the use of low resolution versions of their images providing you are not making money or other capital from them and the author is credited. But you must ask. Enjoy and thanks for visiting. Alan.