Weegie Words

Weegie is a great word – slang for someone from Glasgow.

I had a great time yesterday watching the velodrome coverage from Weegieland on the BBC. Watching Neil Fachie and Craig MacLean storm to victory on the Tandem was beyond impressive. What a start they made! Just think of the torque!

I also got behind Jason Kenny, as someone who has lived Down South Up North, I got behind the stoic Northerner and while he got Silver he displayed some amazing cycling.

One wee issue was with the BBC’s Weegie Words feature. I love the idea of viewers voting for words and then the production team finding appropriate moments from the competition to illustrate them. Especially great as so many people from around the rest of the UK and around the world will be watching. I love a bit of alteration and I ken it is taking place in Glasgae but these words arnie just Glasgae words, they are Scots words. It’s a subtle difference but it shows how Scots words are often seen as regional slang and not descendants of a distinct rich heritage. Scots and English both derive from a common source – Inglis. A lot of ‘mistakes’ or ‘mispronunciations’ we Scots use are not actually mistakes or mispronunciations at all but actually adhere to Scots language forms.

Regionalising Scots into just being slang, or a dialect or an accent is a subtle way of devaluing it. One of the great thing about Scots is that it is a big underground, slightly subversive thing which unites us Scots (defined as people who live here). Yes it’s got lots of local flavour here and there and like any language is constantly evolving and is getting new additions all the time from new cultures. This is great – Scots language does not all need to be about the past and rigid definitions of nationality. If you’re stoating about Scotland – Scots is your language! In the lead up to the Scottish referendum let’s celebrate the instinctive quirkiness and bittersweet humour of our language and see it as a source of great power. According to the Ardeners, great social change usually comes from the muted culture. We may speak English at work but we speak Scots in the kitchen and the bedroom.

So as Glasgow does it’s thing,
mind ken
these Weegie Words,
are no just a Glasgow thing.


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