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 Glaswegian words beginning : S
 
Glaswegian English Example and Translation

Sa'

Some  
Sae So Och aye, it's nae sae bad.

I had to have my right leg amputated after the crash but actually I rather enjoy walking on crutches.

Sairest

Sorest  
Saltire The Scottish Flag

The Saltire, Saint Andrew's Cross, or crux decussata, is a heraldic symbol in the form of a diagonal cross. Saint Andrew (patron Saint of Scotland) is said to have been martyred on such a cross.

saltire Scottish flag

Sannie Sandwich  
Sannies Sand shoe, Trainers  
Sarry Heid Nickname for the Saracen Head - Glasgow's oldest pub which is located in the East End of the city.

The pub is also home to the skull of the last witch to be executed in Scotland which resides in a glass case in the bar area. It is also believed that the pub is haunted by, among others, the ghost of a former owner, Angus.

Website: Saracen's Head

 

Saracen Head - Glasgow

Sassenach Our beloved neighbours - the English.

It derives from the Scottish Gaelic Sasunnach meaning, originally, "Saxon", from the Latin "Saxones"; it was also formerly applied by Highlanders to (non-Gaelic-speaking) Lowlanders.

Sassenach upper class English Twits

Typical Sassenachs

Saunter Walk in an unhurried manner  
Sauchiehall Street Sauchiehall Street is Glasgow's most famous street. The name comes from "saugh" the Scots word for a willow tree and "haugh" the word for a meadow (this was later corrupted into "hall").  
Sauchiehall Princess A spoilt young girl.

The assumption behind the term Sauchiehall Princess is that the young girl in question has parents who spoil her rotten - so are likely to take her on a shopping spree to Glasgow and buy her anything she wants.

Scadge Tramp / Tobacco and hash crumbs for building a joint  
Scaff Scruffy, scavenger  
Scaffie A man who sweeps the streets.  
Scants Underpants  
Scheme Housing Estate  
Schemebo Someone from the housing schemes  
Schemey / Schemie Person from housing estate (scheme) of an undesirable nature  
Scoff Eat  
Scotch Verdict Not Proven Verdict

Unlike other countries, we allow killers, rapist, muggers, robbers and plumbers to freely roam our streets just because the police are too incompetent to fabricate a bit of evidence.

 
Scoobies Police

Scoobies police car crash

Scooby Clue, ryhming slang (Scooby Doo)  
Scooter Gay person

Scooters on Scooter

gay men on scooters

Scooper Person who cruises in his car to impress the girls - or, in the case of a scooter scooper on a scooter' - a person who cruises on his scooter to impress the boys.  
Scorrie Herring gull  
Scramble In days or yore where there was a wedding there was a scramble. And where there was a scramble there was a score of boys fighting for the 'pennies' thrown from the wedding cars.

Nowadays kids couldn't be arsed fighting over less than a twenty pond note.

 
Scran Food  
Scratchcer Bed  
Screws Police  
Screwtap A bottle of beer.

Ola Dubh bottled beer

Scud Cider / Naked Ah seen you in the scud drinking scud.
Scud book Porno magazine  
Scudder A red face from embarrassment. He goat a real scudder when his maw caught him in the scud looking it his scud books.

He was a little bit embarrassed when is mother found him in the bath playing with his plastic duck while reading the Playboy.

Scum Police  
Scunner An annoying person / To sicken  
Scunnered  Feel annoyed /  Fed-up / a strong dislike  
Scuntted To Hit (someone)  
Seen Used instead of saw Ah seen you in the scud.
Sel Self  
Selt Sold Huv ye selt yon old wreck o a car yet?
Session A period of drinking. (In some parts of Glasgow a session last from New year's day until Hogmanay)  
Shag To have sex with. Ah'm so horny Ah could shag a meat pie.

I have finally gone insane.

Shed Parting the hair so it sweeps to one side. Oh Ah like yer shed Billy - it hides yer bald patch no bad.
Shelter belter Loose girls who partake of heavy petting (and often more) in bus shelters.  
Shirrackin A severe telling off - probably administered by Maw. Betty goat a real shirrackin fur staying oot efter 10 o' clock.
Shitebag                    Coward / General derogatory term  
Shocker A real surprise Yon snow wiz a real shocker wiz it no'.

Gosh, who would expect snow in January - that came right out of the blue!!!

Shoogly Wobbly  
Shoosh Be quiet Shoosh, Ah cannie hear masel' thing.

Shut Up!!!!

Shoot

Inject drugs  
Shoot the craw Leave in a hurry  
Shouldnae Shouldn't  
Shooie, Shoo, Shug or Shuggy Anyone in Glasgow having the misfortune to have been christened Hugh will forever more be called Shooie, Shoo, Shug or Shuggy Gie's a hug, Shug, ya big mug.
Shoot the Crow Leave, depart, make an exit, vamoose. It's Big Tam's round next - jist watch Ah bet he shoots the crow.
Sid, The C.I.D, criminal investigation division or undercover police  
Simmet Vest

Single End One room tenement flat  
Single fish Pish  
Sinker A dirty look. He wiz looing it her awe leery like so she jist gies him a sinker so she diz.

Sitooter

Conservatory

'Jinks, Willie and Jean ur huvin' a sitooter built.'

Yer kiddin' - They'll be huvin' a lavvie built before ye know it!'

 

'Goodness - our posh neighbours are having a conservatory built.'

'You jest - why it won't belong before their having a toilet built too.'

Skank Pure stinkin  
Skate it To pass exams or win something with ease. Ah'm no goin' tae study fur ma English exam - all skate it nae bother.
Skelf A splinter of wood or metal stuck in the body.

Also used to suggest that someone is very skinny.

 
Skelly Cross Eyed  
Skelp To Slap, Hit  

Skelter

Extremely ugly person  
Skenker A person of ill repute.  
Skins Rizla cigarette papers for rolling joints.  
Skint To have no money  
Skip To avoid paying the fare on a bus or train. Ah skipped ma fair oan the Glasgow tae Edinburgh train - noo Ah can afford a down payment oan that wee flat Ah fancied.
Skirl The shrill sound made by the chanter pipe of bagpipes.  
Skirlin' Shrieking With Excitement  
Skite Slip / Hit someone with the hand  
Skiver One who avoids tasks or work in general / Lazy person Charlie He’s A Skiver
Tune: Charlie He’s Me Darling

Chorus
O, Charlie he’s a skiver,
A skiver, a skiver.
Charlie he’s a skiver,
The young Chav-in-Gear.

Twas on a Monday Morning,
Jist efter twenty beer,
Thit Charlie came tae oor buroo,
The young Chav-in-Gear.

As he was walking up the aisles,
The claims forms for to view,
O, there he spied the ‘child allowance’,
And some ‘invalidity benefits’ too.

Sae glad he jumped up an’ doon,
Demanding fifty poun’,
Saying “Ah’m goan tae top masel’,
If Ah don’t get it soon”.

We gave him awe the money,
Fur we hudnae any choice,
And now he’s getting awfy pissed,
Wae the other skiving boys.
[From No' Rabbie Burns by Stuart McLean]
Skoosh Fizzy soft drink. Gie's a slug a yer skoosh and ye kin huv a dod a ma sannie.
Skud Cider  
Skunk Type of cannabis  
Skunner Annoying person  
Skunnered Annoyed / Fed up  
Slabber                 To drool over something  
Slag A girl who sleeps around

Slapper Woman of ill repute  
Slash To piss  
Slasha Hat Ned's skip Cap  
Slater A wood louse  
Slaverin' (at the mouth) Dripping from the mouth  

Sleekit

Sly To a Tattie – on Turning Her Over and Putting Her in the Oven at Gas Mark Seven for Thirty Minutes
(An almost traditional St. Patrick’s Day dedication to the common potato.)

Wee sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous tattie,
Plucked frae the ground ye little fattie,
Thou need na try to rin aff hasty,
Tae save yer life,
Cos I wid hae to rin an’ chase thee,
Wi’ murdering knife.

I'm truly sorry man's cuisine,
Has broken Nature's social scene,
But efter awe, yer jist a spud,
Fruit o’ the earth, child o’ the mud,
Baked tae make ye o’ sae tasty,
Tae ony mortal!

Still thou art blest, compar'd wi' me
Even though I’ll eat you for my tea:
Wae baked-beans spread on top of ye.
What is your effect goin’ tae be?
I’ll fart all day – my wind blowin’ free,
I guess an' fear!
[From No' Rabbie by Stuart McLean]
Slever To talk nonsense  
Slozzing Sleeping when you should be working. [smm] Ur they gonnae get started building the ma hoose the day?

Naw - their all busy slozzing - they'll maybe make a start next week.

 Some Glaswegians caught slozzing:

Glasgow workmen sleeping

sleeping on the job

let sleeping dogs lie sleeping man

siesta time lazy workmen

Slug A drink from a bottle or can. The amount that can be swallowed in one gulp. Geeza slug o' yer barbru.

May I partake in the pleasure of your Irn-Bru?

Slunge To wash out / Rinse  
Sma' Small

Better a sma’ fish than an empty dish.
It’s better to eat well at McDonalds than to wash dishes at the Ritz.
[From A Midge in Your Hand is Worth Two Up the Kilt]

 
Smeekit Drunk  
Smidgeon A small piece  
Snaster Treat such as a cake  
Snaw Snow  
Sneck To kiss someone  
Snib Door lock  
Snib,The Prison  
Snibbed Grounded by parents! (Kept In)  
Snog Heavy kissing often involving the use of hands.  
Snottery A runny nose. Often used as a term of insult. Yon snottery old bugger wouldnae gie ye the time o day.
Soap dodger Dirty person  
Sodjer Soldier  
Somedae Someone   
Sorted Fixed out

Sorted
noun
Ned equivalent of the expression ‘everything is tickety-boo’. So, when a Ned’s Nova has had its big end repaired or he finally manages to get his CD collection into alphabetical order, he will say, “sorted man.”
[From Ned Speak by Stuart McLean]

 
Sook Suck.  
Sook Suck up to someone (usually to get a favour in return) He's a right wee sook - he wid kiss the boss's arse fur a bit a overtime.
Sooky Blow Job  
Sowel (eg wee sowel) Soul  
Spam Valley Area of cheap housing eg Duntocher - owners live on spam so they can pay the mortgage  
Spare Single unattached women. Dae ye think there'll be any spare it the party the night?
Specky A person who wears spectacles will undauntedly be called specky from time to time.  
Speerin’ Asking a father for his daughter's hand in marriage.  
Spelderd Spread Out  
Spent Worn out  
Sponny Unbelievably lucky  
Spoon Caress openly  
Sporran A purse that is worn around the waist when wearing the kilt.

Sporran

Sprogs

Children  
Square go An even fight / fight without weapons  
Stane / Staen Stone  
Stank Drain cover  
Stank monster Ugly person  
Stappit Fu Full right up  
Staund, Staun Stand  
Stauner Erection  
Steaky Knife  
Steamboats Drunk  
Steamin' Drunk Ah wis steamin' so Ah wis, an' all I hud wis twenty bottles o' Bucky.
Steamie A communal washhouse.

"The Steamie" is a comedy-drama stage play, written by Rab C. Nesbitt actor Tony Roper. It followed the lives of a group of 1950s Glasgow women washing their clothes in a public washhouse (steamie). It was first performed at the Crawford Theatre, Glasgow in 1987.

 
Stoaner An erection  
Stoap Stop Whit ur ye daein' Bobby?

Ach nuhin' maw.

Well gonnae stoap it - it's really getting oan ma tits.

Stoat Bounce  
Stoated Pissed out yer nut  
Stoater A Sound Person, a person who's "okay"  
Stoater / Stoatir Very pretty girl She’s a wee stoater – so she is
Stoating Very good That's a stoating car ye've goat.
Stoatter  Clever play on words Whit a stoatter - that joke wiz
Stoaturs Very good / Very pretty girls Yon burds ur a right pair of stoaturs.
Stoavin to Stoavin to be extremely drunk  
Stocky Big built (person)  
Stone of Destiny Stone of Scone

The Stone of Scone, also commonly known as the Stone of Destiny or the Coronation Stone is an oblong block of red sandstone, used for centuries in the coronation of the monarchs of Scotland, the monarchs of England, and, more recently, British monarchs. Historically, the artefact was kept at Scone Abbey in Scone, near Perth,

The Stone of Scone Stone of Destiny or the Coronation Stone

Stooshie Trouble  
Stooky Plaster cast ie. for broken limb  
Stoor              Dust  
Stoorie / Stoory         Dusty  
Stormer Something that's superb. Whit a goal - that wiz a proper stormer.
Stoshus Very drunk  
Stovies Chunks of sausage mixed into mashed potatoes.  
Stramash Argument or fight  

Strang

Strong  
Stowed oot Completely full  
Stramash A kafuffle / fight  
Stumple Stoussie Short, Sturdy Child  
Stunner A gorgeous looking girl. She's a wee stunner is she no - pity she's such a bloody bigheaded edjit.
Sub Crawl Glaswegian version of pub crawl. In this you have to travel to all fifteen stations visiting the nearest pub for a wee refreshment.

Sometimes referred to as the Clockwork Orange Death.

 
Subway Glasgow's attempt at an underground system.

There are fifteen stations arranged in a loop.

The subway is nicknamed nickname, "The Clockwork Orange" (supposedly coined from the title of the book and film A Clockwork Orange).

Glasgow Underground Stations

* Hillhead — Serves the University of Glasgow, Glasgow Botanic Gardens and Byres Road
* Kelvinbridge — For Great Western Road and Kelvingrove Park.
* St. George’s Cross - Surface building rebuilt during construction of M8 during late 1960s
* Cowcaddens - Serves The Willow Tearooms and Glasgow School of Art
* Buchanan Street — connects to Glasgow Queen Street Station via travelator
* St Enoch — short walk to Glasgow Central Station and Argyle Street railway station
* Bridge Street. Serves the O2 Academy.
* West Street.
* Shields Road. Park and Ride.
* Kinning Park
* Cessnock — Serves the Glasgow Science Centre (including Glasgow Tower, the IMAX cinema), BBC Scotland and the STV Studios
* Ibrox — (named Copland Road before modernisation) (also serves Ibrox stadium)
* Govan (named Govan Cross before modernisation)
* Partick (replaced the pre-modernisation Merkland Street station; the old station is slightly to the south-west of the current one)
* Kelvinhall (named Partick Cross before modernisation).

Sun

A big orange thing sometimes seen in the sky for a few moments in June.  
Swadger Sweets  
Swallied Swollowed  
Swally To partake in the drinking of alcohol Will ye hae a wee swally?

Will you help me finish off these six bottles of malt whisky?

Swagger A motion of moving arms  
Swamp Donkey Unattractive Woman  
Swankin Joking  
Swatch Have a look  
 


From No Rabbie Burns

by Stuart McLean

Charlie He’s A Skiver


Tune: Charlie He’s Me Darling

Chorus
O, Charlie he’s a skiver,
A skiver, a skiver.
Charlie he’s a skiver,
The young Chav-in-Gear.

Twas on a Monday Morning,
Jist efter twenty beer,
Thit Charlie came tae oor buroo,
The young Chav-in-Gear.

As he was walking up the aisles,
The claims forms for to view,
O, there he spied the ‘child allowance’,
And some ‘invalidity benefits’ too.

Sae glad he jumped up an’ doon,
Demanding fifty poun’,
Saying “Ah’m goan tae top masel’,
If Ah don’t get it soon”.

We gave him awe the money,
Fur we hudnae any choice,
And now he’s getting awfy pissed,
Wae the other skiving boys.

 

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Sa'

Sae

Sairest

Saltire

Sannie

Sannies

Sarry Heid

Sassenach

Saunter

Sauchiehall Street

Sauchiehall Princess

Scadge

Scaff

Scaffie

Scants

Scheme

Schemebo

Schemey or Schemie

Scoff

Scotch Verdict

Scoobies

Scooby

Scooter

Scooper

Scorrie

Scramble

Scran

Scratchcer

Screws

Screwtap

Scud

Scud book

Scudder

Scum

Scunner

Scunnered 

Scuntted

Seen

Sel

Selt

Session

Shag

Shed

Shelter belter

Shirrackin

Shitebag                   

Shocker

Shoogly

Shoosh

Shoot

Shoot the craw

Shouldnae

Shooie, Shoo, Shug or Shuggy

Shoot the Crow

Sid, The

Simmet

Single End

Single fish

Sinker

Sitooter

Skank

Skate it

Skelf

Skelly

Skelp

Skelter

Skenker

Skins

Skint

Skip

Skirl

Skirlin'

Skite

Skiver

Skoosh

Skud

Skunk

Skunner

Skunnered

Slabber                

Slag

Slapper

Slash

Slasha Hat

Slater

Slaverin' (at the mouth)

Sleekit

Slever

Slug

Slunge

Sma'

Smeekit

Smidgeon

Snaster

Snaw

Sneck

Snib

Snib,The

Snibbed

Snog

Snottery

Soap dodger

Sodjer

Somedae

Sorted

Sook

Sook

Sooky

Sowel (eg wee sowel)

Spam Valley

Spare

Specky

Speerin’

Spelderd

Spent

Sponny

Spoon

Sporran

Sprogs

Square go

Stane or Staen

Stank

Stank monster

Stappit Fu

Staund or Staun

Stauner

Steaky

Steamboats

Steamin'

Steamie

Stoaner

Stoap

Stoat

Stoated

Stoater

Stoater or Stoatir

Stoating

Stoatter 

Stoaturs

Stoavin to Stoavin

Stocky

Stone of Destiny

Stooshie

Stooky

Stoor             

Stoorie or Stoory        

Stormer

Stoshus

Stovies

Stramash

Strang

Stowed oot

Stramash

Stumple Stoussie

Stunner

Sub Crawl

Subway

Sun

Swadger

Swallied

Swally

Swagger

Swamp Donkey

Swankin

Swatch

 

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