Dreich has beaten braw, glaikit and scunnered to be named as the “most iconic Scottish word".
It got 259 of the 1,895 votes cast in a poll as part of Book Week Scotland which hopes to get people talking around well-loved and well-used words over the Border.
The word originally meant “enduring” or “slow, tedious”, but over time dreich has come to be defined as “dreary, hard to bear” and “dull, gloomy”.
Braw, meaning “fine, good, or pleasing”, came eighth in the poll with just 77 votes, while glaikit – another word for “stupid, foolish; thoughtless, irresponsible” – received 225 votes for second place.
Here's the top ten words - do you know what they mean? Find the English meanings below!
Dreich – 259 votes
Glaikit – 225 votes
Scunnered – 199 votes
Shoogle – 125 votes
Wheest – 114 votes
Fankle – 93 votes
Outwith – 80 votes
Braw – 77 votes
Beastie – 76 votes
Bumfle – 59 votes
Scottish Book Trust chief executive Marc Lambert said: “We were overwhelmed by the many submissions for our iconic Scots words vote – it’s certainly a subject close to people’s hearts.
“Dreich is such an evocative word with the ability to sum up the Scottish weather – or mood – perfectly. It’s also a word that is very well used here in Scotland and beyond.
“It’s fantastic to see the vibrant conversation around Scots language as we celebrate Book Week Scotland.”
What do they all mean?
Dreich – dreary, hard to bear and dull, gloomy
Glaikit – stupid, foolish, or thoughtless
Scunnered – disgust or strong dislike
Shoogle – to shake, sway, or rock back and forth
Wheest – shut up
Fankle – tangle or entangle
Outwith – outside or beyond
Braw – fine, good, or pleasing
Beastie – insect or other small animal
Bumfle – a wrinkle in clothing, an unsightly bulge
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