In this post I want to focus on the particular Scottish things in Scotland.
That’s of course the language – Scottish Gaelic, but also products that origin from here.
IRN BRU is very Scottish – by the way you pronounce it like “iron brew”.
It is very, very sweet and tastes like the Swedish “Sockerdricka”, which means just “sugar drink” – I think you got the point.
“Dunnae ken?”, which is the Scottish form of “Don’t know”
Ken or cain, which means to know or understand comes from Middle English, kennen and Old English, cennen (sounds a bit German to me though…).
Haggis – traditional Scottish food
It is made from the organs of a sheep or lamb, combined with oats, suet, herbs and spices and is traditionally cooked in a lining made from the stomach of the animal. There are vegetarian options available!
Loch, is the Scottish word for lake and it is pronounced exactly like “Loch” in German. Most English people can’t pronounce the “ch” and so the “Loch” becomes a “Lock”. That’s why Germans can impress a local Scotsman easily by pronouncing accordingly.
Ever wondered where Walmart lost it’s ‘K’? It was in Scotland!
Mart is the traditional word for market in Scotland, where the buying and selling of livestock occurs.
Ceilidh – the social gathering
Pronounced kay-lee, typically, a ceilidh will involve Scottish folk music and dancing. You do not need to understand Gealic to enjoy it!
I’ve been to a couple of Ceilidh evenings and it was always much fun.
Tìoraidh an-dràsta (Bye for now)