“Scexit” has entered the field. This isn’t quite the #Sexit of sexy socialism. This is a fundamental reframing of independence as a Brexit-like Scottish exit from the United Kingdom rather than the affirmation of nationhood-to-statehood that independence describes. Just as Brexit requires Europe in order to have meaning, Scexit requires England. Scexit, as an imposed terminology, makes Scottish independence about England – whereas “independence” was and is only ever about Scotland.
Back to Scotland in Search of Some Gàidhlig
Follow @UrFhasaidh Learning Gàidhlig (Scots Gaelic) was never going to be easy, and sooner or later I knew that I would have to escape the books and the YouTube videos and return to Scotland in search of somewhere where I might experience it as a spoken language. Instead of heading straight for one of the … Continue reading Back to Scotland in Search of Some Gàidhlig
Ten Favourite Scots Words
Acht! – But. A word that is used in qualifying summaries following praise or rant. 1. Acht, she’s a wee doll, so she is. 2. Acht, he’s only a nutter. Blether – Gossip or incessant talking. As a rule the Scots men don’t like blethering, and see it as something that the women do. In … Continue reading Ten Favourite Scots Words
Taking Pleasure in Bad Words
Aye, it happened again. This year when I was over in Scotland I listened as a mother corrected her child for using bad language. Now this wasn’t a case of a wee lad voicing expletives, no, not at all. In fact the wean was being well behaved and having fun with his friends. His offense … Continue reading Taking Pleasure in Bad Words