Giant face painting for red nose day as Gulliver gets his nose done red by the Lilliputians.
The Scottish Word:


“This muckle puss pentin’s a pussie o a job wid ye no say?”

“Aye aye, very funny, g’oan wi it.”


pussie: a pain in the backside, not pleasant, messy and unrewarding.

“This gigantic face painting is a pain in the backside sort of job would you not say?”

“yes indeed, very drole, get on with the work.” (Except there’s no pun or alliteration in the English)

The Scottish Word: pussie 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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It’s important to note that you pronounce pussie as in puss from a boil as opposed to puss for a pussycat.

Pronounce it the wrong way and it is a word that one does not use in polite society.

I’ve decided it is Scottish from knowing it all my life and almost everyone I’ve spoken to from varied Scottish backgrounds are also familiar with it. Especially people from Dundee.

I suspect it is used mainly in the East coast and less on the West.

Any research I attempted on the Internet returns results on entirely the wrong word which I decided not to pursue.

I tried one or two dictionaries but they had no listing. I shall try further. I have a colleague who has an eighteenth century eight volume collection of Scottish words. I’ll ask him to have a look.

Expressions that are in use with this word are: pussie sick – exasperated; pussiein about – prevaricating, being a pain; pussie of a job – unnecessarily difficult messy unrewarding bit of work; a pussie person – one who is a pain in the neck, an annoying person, being deliberately awkward.


I’ve supported Red Nose Day for years and didn’t want to miss their 2015 March charity raising event so I made an effort despite the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness of my depression.

From 2012 to 2016 I was incapable of making weekly words. These three for Red Nose were made only by creating and exploiting a robust sense of duty. I had nothing else. Duty doesn’t required reward or pleasure.

Now in 2022 I’ve retrospectively added into those empty years a few of the images that were coming out of me at that time. They are freehand doodles expressing my inner turmoil rather than aesthetic pieces of art. And to those dark doodles I’ve added some Scottish Words.

If you want to see the dark doodles in sequence (eight in total) use this link to the word screenge the first one then click the next word and so on.

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