Policemen keeping a weather eye on the neighbourhood hears a grandma skid all the way down a set of wintry ice covered steps.
The Scottish Word:

Twa hipper skite.

“Ooooyah! That soonded like a twa hipper skite tae me.”


twa hipper skite: two hip slip (both broken).

“Ouch! That sounded like a two hip slip to me.”

[twa hipper skite spelled out in the phonetic alphabet.]

Illustration Friday.
confined. See all my IF thumbnails and IF links here.

Trapped indoors. Heavy snow and prolonged cold is causing problems in Scotland and the UK stranding some people in their own homes. Cold and the effects of cold also increase the number of deaths above the average expected, mainly amongst the elderly.

Luckily our country has a cold weather payment policy to avoid vulnerable people putting themselves in danger by worrying about heating bills. But they need to claim.

This makes me think of the American president. He struggled to get health care for the poor but had no problem imposing more security methods upon his people when there was a terrorist attack.

If we made a graph and plotted the deaths from a sudden terrorist attack against the slow creeping terror of the number of children in the world who die every day from malnutrition, neglect and war then I doubt the spike on the graph from any terrorist action would rate a blip above the daily average.

We initiate all sorts of things when there is a sudden deaths event. But how many of us can claim to have made a sustained effort against the slow creeping deaths that exist in the world? Obama tried.

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

4 thoughts on “Twa hipper skite.

  1. Ooooyah indeed! I slipped down our icy front steps once when I was pregnant with twins, but luckily it was a nae hipper skite & the bairns were fine too. Still, after that I definitely felt confined in both senses of the word.

    p.s. Your mouse story made me shudder, as I’m sure my attempt at Scottish did you! I must peruse your site & brush up.
    p.p.s. You are so very right about the health care/”security” dichotomy. I’m ashamed of my country for being so backward.

  2. Thanks for that. I cleared the snow from my elderly neighbor’s steps but in secret because she is often really fierce.

  3. My grandmother is experiencing this very problem. How apropro (for me anyways.) Her roof pours water on her porch and it ices over. She said to me “I feel snowed in.” I will show this. Good work. Lovely scene. Bye!

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