A Small Glossary of Cromarty Dialect Phrases

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LONDON (AP) - The last native speaker of the Cromarty dialect has died, taking with him a way of speaking unique to a small seaside town at the tip of Scotland's Black Isle. The dialect includes archaic "thees" and "thous," a wealth of seafaring vocabulary, and an aspirate "h'' either added or subtracted to everyday words.

Here are half a dozen Cromarty phrases, compiled by Am Baile, the Scottish Highland Council's history and culture website.

Holl tol / Very drunk

Faomin for want / Desperate for tea

At's theer trouble? / What's your trouble?

Theer nae tae big fi a sclaffert yet! / You're not too big for a slap!

Ah wudna ken artil start. / I wouldn't know where to start.

Hiv thoo a roosky sazpence i thi pooch? / Can you lend me some money?

A'm fair sconfished wi hayreen; gie's fur brakwast lashins o am and heggs. / I'm so fed up with herring, give me plenty of ham and eggs for breakfast.


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