Synonyms of Scots
• Scots law differs in many respects from English law.
language note:The Scots language has a lexicon of highly evocative and colourful words, some of which have no direct Standard English counterparts. Many of these remain restricted to Scottish dialects, but some have filtered through into Standard English, though sometimes only as far as British English. For example, canny, originally from the verb 'to know', means shrewd or knowing, and is related to the words cunning and ken. It particularly refers to financial astuteness in phrases like canny with money, canny business sense. It is a description very often applied to someone else, rather than oneself, with a mixture of awe and mistrust. It might be expected that uncanny would mean the opposite of canny, i.e. not shrewd, foolish, careless. However, in Standard English, this meaning has been superseded by the senses 'mysterious' and 'beyond what is normal', e.g. She bore an uncanny resemblance to her mother. The Scottish word blether has come into Standard English and sits alongside its more common English equivalent blather. From an Old Norse word meaning 'nonsense', it refers to foolish talk, which can be long-winded, gossipy, boasting, or inconsequential. A blether can be both the person doing the chattering and the conversation itself. It is similar in meaning to natter and chinwag, e.g. He always enjoyed a wee dram and a good blether.
QUOTATION:There are few more impressive sights in the world than a Scotsman on the make – What Every Woman Knows]
Copyright © 2016 by HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved.
Thesaurus for Scots from the Collins English Thesaurus