Hole blasted through one birdwatchers head by an irate diving torpedo shaped Bonxie.
The Scottish Word:


Keep yer heid doon Willie, the Bonxies are parteeclarly skeery this year ahn no tae be trifled wi.

Ah think they’ve run oot o patience wi us plundering the sea o its bounty fur personal profit.

Mha faither telt me his faither used tae go to sea in a rowin boat an fill it wi fish frae a baited line.

Ye’d be lucky tae get onythin ataw oan yir line nooadays. The few families that own factory ships hae hoovered the waters oot o fish fur nithin but siller ahn mair siller. Worse pirates than Bonxies.


Bonxie: Great Skua (Stercorarius skua)

Keep your head down William, the Great Skuas are particularly agitated this year and not to be trifled with.

I think they have run out of patience with humanity for plundering the sea of its bounty for personal profit.

My father told me that his father used to go out in a rowing boat and fill it with fish from a baited line.

You’d be lucky to catch anything at all on your line nowadays. The few families owning factory ships have hoovered the waters clean of fish for nothing but money and more money. Worse pirates than Bonxies.

The Scottish Word: bonxie with its definition and its meaning illustrated and captioned with the word used in context in the Scots language and in English.

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