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Encyclopedia > Glasgow patter

Glasgow patter or Glaswegian is a dialect shouted in and around Glasgow, Scotland. Glasgow patter has evolved over the centuries amongst the working classes, Irish immigrants and passing seamen in the dockyards. The dialect is anglicised west central lowland Scots or Scottish English depending on viewpoint, and features a varied mix of typical Scots expressions and vocabulary, as well as some examples of rhyming slang, local cultural references and street slang. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... A dialect (from the Greek word διάλεκτος, dialektos) is a variety of a language characteristic of a particular group of the languages speakers. ... “Glaswegian” redirects here. ... This article is about the country. ... The term working class is used to denote a social class. ... Immigration is the act of moving to or settling in another country or region, temporarily or permanently. ... Small shipyard in Klaksvík (Faroe Islands), reparing fishing vessels Dockyards and shipyards are places which repair and build ships. ... A dialect (from the Greek word διάλεκτος, dialektos) is a variety of a language characteristic of a particular group of the languages speakers. ... Anglicized refers to foreign words, often surnames, that are changed from a foreign language into English. ... Scots refers to the Anglic varieties spoken in parts of Scotland. ... Scottish English is usually taken to mean the standard form of the English language used in Scotland, often termed Scottish Standard English. ... Cockney rhyming slang is a form of English slang which originated in the East End of London. ... Slang is the use of highly informal words and expressions that are not considered standard in the speakers dialect or language. ...


The Patter is used widely in everyday speech in Glasgow, even occasionally in broadcasting and print. It often reflects the Glasgow sense of self importance. 'The Patter', as with all dialects, is constantly evolving and updating itself, forever generating new euphemisms, as well as nicknames for well-known local figures and buildings. Euphemism is the substitution of an agreeable or inoffensive expression for one that may offend or suggest something unpleasant to the listener; or in the case of doublespeak, to make it less troublesome for the speaker. ... This article or section seems to contain too many examples (or of a poor quality) for an encyclopedia entry. ...


Reference books

Michael Munro wrote a guide to Glasgow Patter entitled The Patter, first published in 1985. With random illustrations by David Neilson, and later by Paisley-born artist and playwright John Byrne, the book became very popular in Glasgow, and was followed up by The Patter - Another Blast in 1988, with The Complete Patter, an updated compendium of the first and second books, being published in 1996. David Neilson David Neilson (born 13 March 1949 in Loughborough, Leicestershire) is an English actor best known for portraying Roy Cropper in Coronation Street from 1995 onwards. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... John Byrne is a Roman Catholic Scottish artist and scriptwriter who was born in Paisley, Scotland, on January 6, 1940. ...


In the 1970s, Glasgow-born comedian Stanley Baxter tediously parodied the patter on his television sketch show. "Parliamo Glasgow" was a spoof language teaching programme where Baxter played a language coach, and various scenarios using Glaswegian dialogue were played out for money. Stanley Baxter, (born May 24, 1926 in Glasgow, Scotland), is a comic actor and impressionist, best known for his UK TV shows. ...


In 1997, Jamie Stuart, a Church of Scotland elder from the High Carntyne Church, produced "A Glasgow Bible", relating some of the biblical tales in the Glaswegian vernacular. The Church of Scotland (CofS; Scottish Gaelic: ), known informally by its pre-Union Scots name, The Kirk, is the national church of Scotland. ...


Popular Scottish television comedies like Rab C. Nesbitt, Chewin' the Fat and Still Game also provide reference material, as well as having contributed popular new expressions to 'The Patter' themselves. Rab C. Nesbitt was a Scottish sitcom that ran from 1988 to 1999. ... Chewin the Fat is a Scottish comedy sketch show, starring Ford Kiernan, Greg Hemphill and Karen Dunbar. ... Still Game is a Scottish sitcom, a spin-off from the sketch show series Chewin the Fat. ...


Examples

Many more examples in the The Complete Patter (1996) by Michael Munro:

  • Bawbag — Literally ball bag, a slang term for scrotum, also a fool. e.g., "Ya bawbag!".
  • Baw-hair — Pubic hair. Also referred to as a small measure of distance. "That buckie bottle missed ma heid by a baw-hair"
  • Buckie/BuckyBuckfast Tonic Wine - cheap, strong, fortified wine.
  • Cleek — To refer to picking up a partner of the opposite sex i.e. "Did you get a cleek?", cleek being the Scots word for a hook or crook referring to the linking of arms. A more colourful theory is that it originates from late night kissing couples on tenement doorsteps and knocking milk bottles to make a clinking sound.
  • Dreepie - this term is used when you are hanging from the edge of a roof with your so that your feet are as close as possible to the ground. ie, "A haed tae dreepie aff that ruif whan a got chased by the polis last night"
  • Electric soup — see buckie, also a Scottish comic book. More generally, anything more alcoholic than tasty. To 'be on the electric soup' has an implication of loss of faculty.
  • Ginger — Any carbonated soft drink, though particularly a bright orange fizzy drink called "Irn-Bru". Also refers to someone with red (ginger) hair.
  • Hauners — A helping hand in a playground fight, e.g "Gie's hauners": "Please give me a hand".
  • Jeg — Any carbonated soft drink. (Mostly notably Irn Bru) also known as "juice", though clearly not containing any such fluid.
  • Mad wi it — Phrase meaning drunk or intoxicated. "He's mad wi it"
  • Mental — Tough. That guy is mental.
  • Mintit - Cool/amazing, for example Aw, that's pure mintit (That's so cool). Can also be used to describe a well off person, ie. "A canna afford that, am no mintit y'knaw."
  • Particks — A term for breasts which came about through a number of slang words and a pub (The Partick Smiddy) "Oh ay, she's gettin her particks oot the nou"
  • Pelters — With gusto. As in "He gien me pure pelters roon the back."
  • Pure dead brilliant - rather good.
  • Scooby — Clue, rhyming slang from Scooby Doo.
  • Skoosh — Any fizzy soft drink: "A coud murder a big bottle o skoosh!" A skoosh or skoosh-case is something that is done with no great effort: "A tried tae convince aul' greetin-face the flittin wad be a skoosh-case but ye can tell her nuthin'." To skoosh something or skoosh it is to accomplish it with ease: "Just concentrate on yer three-point turns an ye'll skoosh that drivin test." "Skoosht" is another word for drunk: "He wis that skoosht ye coudna mak oot a wird he wis sayin."

Also, some nicknames for Glasgow, Glasgow buildings, suburbs/new towns and well-known figures: In some male mammals, the scrotum is a protuberance of skin and muscle containing the testicles. ... Buckfast Tonic Wine, commonly known as Buckfast, Buckie or Bucky is a tonic wine produced by Buckfast Abbey in Devon, south west England. ... Buckfast Tonic Wine, commonly known as Buckfast, Buckie or Bucky is a tonic wine produced by Buckfast Abbey in Devon, south west England. ... Buckfast Tonic Wine, commonly known as Buckfast, Buckie or Bucky is a tonic wine produced by Buckfast Abbey in Devon, south west England. ... Electric Soup #2, cover by Frank Quitely. ... Irn Bru Irn Bru is the most popular caffeinated soft drink in Scotland. ... Scooby-Doo IS THE SHIT is a short ass-running American animated television series produced for your mom Saturday morning television in several different versions from 1969 to the present. ...

  • No Mean City — A novel by A. McArthur and H. Kingsley Long which sold over 500,000 copies. First published in 1935, 'No Mean City' depicted the life of Johnnie Stark, a "Razor-King", in the pre-war slums of Glasgow. The theme tune to the detective series Taggart, sung by Maggie Bell and the 1979 album by the band Nazareth were named after this book.
  • The Rottenrow — otherwise known as the Glasgow Royal Maternity Hospital (now demolished), named after the street of the same name.
  • Polomint City — a nickname for the new town of East Kilbride on the outskirts of Glasgow — so called for its high concentration of roundabouts.
  • Lazarus LallyLord Provost and councillor, Pat Lally.

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