To celebrate the birthday of Robert Burns – Jan 25, 1759 – here are twelve great words that you can use everyday.
Beastie: diminutive of beast.
Donsie: unlucky, affectedly neat and trim, pettish.
Feckless: puny, weak, silly.
Gimmer: a ewe two years old; a contemptuous term for a woman.
Hurdies: buttocks, hips or haunches.
Jundie: to jostle, a push with the elbow.
Kelpies: a sort of mischievous water-spirit, said to haunt fords and fairies at night, especially in storms.
Luggies: wooden containers with a lugs or handles, as a mug, or bowl.
Peat-reek: the smoke of burning turf; a bitter exhalation; whiskey.
Sonsie: having sweet engaging looks, lucky, jolly.
Smoutie: smutty, obscene; smooty phiz, sooty aspect.
Whingin: crying, complaining, fretting.