A Cyclops and a Greek soldier sitting chatting over Cyclop sized pints of beer in a cave.
The Scottish Word:


Aye, wi one ee I never see double or get skellie ee’d nae matter how long I’m oan the swallie.

Mind you it maks me fair hungert an I aften fire up a barbecue.

I like tae pickle the meat first tho ye ken.

Gies it a much better taste cos I tak my cuikin awfy serious.

Let’s drink to that.


swallie: swallow, consumption of alchohol, the swallow.

Yes indeed, with one eye I never see double or get cross eyed no matter how long I indulge in consuming alcohol.

On consideration though it makes me very hungry and I often start up the barbecue.

I like to marinade the meat in alcohol first though.

It gives it a much better taste because I really take my cooking seriously.

Let’s drink to that.

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

Homer’s Odyssey.

Odysseus thinks some compliments and a few beers are going to get him into the good books of Polyphemus the Cyclops, but Polyphemus seems to see him as something to go into a bun with some mustard.

Cyclops Beer Descriptor.

Cyclops is an easy-to-use set of descriptors developed by the beer industry to explain what a beer will look, smell and taste like. The web site as it stands at time of writing is a bit hit and miss.

It lists beers and gives them a look, taste, smell, their hoppiness to malt and their ABV value. You can search for your favourite beer here and see if it is listed.

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