“Ah wiz jist daffin. Nae hairm meant. They’re for luck – ye ken.”

Translated:

daffin: fun, merry behaviour.

“I was just fooling around. No harm meant. They are for luck – you know, that belief about horse shoes.”

[daffin spelled out in phonetic alphabet.]

Illustration Friday.

proverb.

There is a Scottish proverb that says ‘He that chates in daffin winna be leal in eernest.

He that cheats in fun will not be honest in earnest. Quite often I find this applies to want to be bullies.

If you stand up to them then suddenly what was a jibe or order is suddenly just meant in fun.

A proverb for springtime. ‘Ne’er cast a cloot till May be oot’.

Keep your warm clothes on until you see the Hawthorn (Mayflower) trees blossom.

Which is often well before the end of the month of May.

And: ‘whisky may not cure the common cold, but it fails more agreeably than most other things’.