Janitor offering the next child in line the chance to shovel dusty coal into the blazing furnace.
The Scottish Word:


Right lads, hands up for wha’s next for wantin a shot o the jannie’s shuil.


shot: taking a turn.

Right boys, hands up for who is next to get a turn of using the janitor’s shovel.

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

Pee stains in the snow.

At my primary school the outside playground toilets had been built without a roof, the reason which I imagined was that it helped them self clean and certainly dissipated the smell of small children’s wee.

The urinals for boys was a high long slab of Victorian white porcelain with a channel along the base. We used to stand in a row and compete to see who could pee up and over the wall the highest. Non circumcised had the advantage.

And the story of the janitor is true. I was one of these boys who got to hang out in the boiler house and shovel coal.

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