A recent article in the New York Times –
Americans are Barmy over Britishisms got me thinking.Sometimes when I visit schools, children will ask me what
language we speak in Scotland.  Of course, it is a bit
complicated, because children will often mistake dialect for a
different language.  Thanks to that wonderful movie, BRAVE,
I can now refer to the Scots words – dialect used there, such as:

Crivvens (dear me)

Jings (oh my!),

Then of course there are the Scottish words I use in Inventor McGregor

Thingamabob – what a great word!  Meaning of course, that thing that I cannot remember the name of!
Thingamajig – Same as above!
Wheeched – as in Scottish dancing – to whirl around so fast everything becomes a big blur!
And then children like to hear these lovely colorful Scots sayings:
a pig’s breakfast – or a midden –  so if you say your bedroom is a pig’s breakfast – it means it is a mess!
lang may yer lum reek – literally means – long may your chimney smoke – sort of blessing given to the newly married – wishing them  wealth and prosperity so they will always have wood to put on the fire and keep the chimney smoking!
– the crossing lady in Scotland carried a little Stop sign – looked like a lollipop (sucker) and hence the name.Peely-wally – pale and sickly looking

Flummox – to trick – Just today, I read to the children at Presentation School – The Woman who flummoxed the fairies.  The children didn’t know the word before the story, but it didn’t take them long to guess it once I had finished.  A lovely Scottish tale, retold by Heather Forest.
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Fun to tell the children that when they go trick or treating this Halloween, they are really saying if you don’t give me a treat, then I will do something to FLUMMOX you!