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 Glaswegian words beginning : C
Glaswegian English Example and Translation


Cafefy Careful  
Calley Can of Carlsberg Special Brew

Glaswegian girl drinking Carlsberg Special Brew

sexy girl drinking Carlsberg Special

Cannae / Cannie Can't Used in the phrase ‘ah cannie’ which translates literally as ‘I am too bloody lazy to’. This is one of the Neds’ favourite expressions. Typical examples of usage are:
“Ah cannie get oot of bed.”
“Ah cannie get a job.”
“Ah cannie dae ma homework, pass ma exams, then go tae university so Ah can become a useful member o’ society”

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Canny Careful; cautious; prudent Aye Auld Joe wiz a canny auld bugger.

That Joe McGinty was the meanest man in the whole village.

Cargo Carry Out - essentials from off licence or supermarket.

Carry Out / Cargo
Neds buy all their shopping from the off-sales and cargo is their word for a ‘carry out’ or ‘Judas Iscariot’. A typical week’s cargo is 40 bags of crisps, 200 fags, 60 cans of lager and 10 bottles of Buckie. If money is really tight a Ned can survive without the crisps.
[From Ned Speak by Stuart McLean]

Ah've jist goat ma cargo frae Lido.

I have managed to procure 40 bags of crisps, 200 fags, 60 cans of lager and 10 bottles of Buckie - sadly it was all too bulky to steal




The Posh Man's Cargo

The Posh Man's Cargo

Cargo Shop Off Sales  
Carn Cairn

Càrn is Gaelic for a manmade pile of stones, often in a conical form.

Cairn - Scotland

Cairn Scotland

Carry Out Booze and food bought from an off-licence or Off-Sales.  
Cauld Cold See me, Ah wiz cauld but noo Ah'm caulder.

The duvet has fallen off the bed but I'm too intoxicated to have the dexterity to put it back on.

Caulder Colder See me, Ah wiz cauld but noo Ah'm caulder.

The duvet has fallen off the bed but I'm too intoxicated to have the dexterity to put it back on.

Ceilidh Dance

Ceilidh is the Gaelic word for “visit” - but is more commonly used now to mean a get together for highland dancing.

Scottish girls and boys giving it laldie at the ceilidh.

Ceilidh Girls mini kilts

Ceud mile failte Greeting meaning "A hundred, thousand welcomes."
Céad míle fáilte - noo bugger aff.

Hello, welcome and goodbye.

Chantie / Chanty A chamber pot

A nice wee chantie for the middle of the night . . .  chantie chamber pot

Chanty Rastler Used as an insulting name. A chanty is a chamber pot and a rastler is a wrestler.  
Chap To knock (usually a door) Ah've been chappin' at the door but ma wife cannae hear me.

No matter how hard I knock the door my wife remains angry at me and will not let me in.

Charred Drunk  
Chav Chav - noble noun
A Chav is a hooligan who inhabits the slum areas of Edinburgh. Believing that they are far superior to their Glaswegian neighbours the Edinburgh folk prefer to give their Neds this much posher name.
[From Ned Speak by Stuart McLean]



Chebs Breasts Huv ye seen the chebs oan Big Senga?

Gosh isn't young Senga Butcher maturing quickly.

Cheeba Dope, Hash  
Cheeky water Alcohol  
Cheers Often used in place of the words like “hello,” “goodbye,” and “thank you” Never wishing to use the self-abasing term ‘thanks’ a Ned will say ‘cheers’ instead. Cheers is always followed by ‘man’ as in, “That wis a dead good shag - cheers man”. The wide usage of the expression ‘cheers man’ is the reason most Nedettes have a sexual identity problem. 

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Chib Knife, any weapon carried by a thug Ah've goat ma chib - let's go oan ra town.

My Heckler Koch MP-5 submachine is checked, cleaned and is in good order - I am now ready for a jolly good night out with the possible merriment of relieving some doppy old pensioner of his pension.

Chibbed Being like hit or cut with a  weapon  
Chippie Chip shop

Fish and Chips from a Chip Shop in Glasgow

fish and chips glasgow Scotland

Chong Hash  
Chow Food Ah'm away tae get some chow.
Chuffed Pleased / Happy Ah'm dead chuffed Ah passed ma exams.

I got a D in English and an E in Domestic Abuse - so I am off to the pub to celebrate.

Claes Clothes  
Claim                             Claim  
Claimed To pick a fight with someone.  
Clan A clan is a group of people united by kinship and descent. Each Scottish clan has its own tartan.

Robertson Clan in Edinburgh

Robertson Clan in Edinburgh

Clappy-doo A large black shelled muscle often sold in shops in seaside resorts.

Clappy-doos are becoming rare in Scotland. I searched for days trying to find some on the beach - but eventually had to settle for a picture of some sexy girls wearing bikinis - SORRY.

sexy students bikini bathing


Clatty Dirty / Rude Your clatty - you've goat nits.

Your hair is alive with headlice.

Clockwork Orange The Glasgow Underground Train System ( No one is Glasgow actually calls it Clockwork Orange - we just like to be pretentious and let people think we've read Clockwork Orange (1962) - the dystopian novel by Anthony Burgess - - most of us haven't actually got round to finishing any book.)

Clockwork Orange Glasgow Underground

Clockwork Orange Glasgow Underground


Close Communal entrance to a tenement building. That's the rain comin' oan, Ah'm gonnae jouk up this close tae keep dry.
Clout Hit (usually on head)  
Cludgie or Cludge Toilet  
Clype                             To grass (tell tales) on someone He's a right wee clype so he is - he telt ma maw that Ah wis kissing ma auntie.
C'mon Come on  


Connle Candle  
Coo Cow

Scottish Highland Cattle - Cow

Scottish Cattle - Cow


Snuggle in / Cuddle up

Coorie-in an' keep the cold oot.


Glasgow Corporation (Glasgow City Council)

Corrie-fisted Left handed  
Couldnae Couldn't  
Coupon Face

The anonymous face of pretty Glaswegian Girl spotted on the Clockwork Orange at Kelvinbridge. When asked if she minded having her picture taken for she shyly replied - "Naff aff ya creep - and stoap stalking me awe aboot or Ah'll kick ye in a place even yer mithers never seen."

How endearing!

girl with cute face

Couthie Amiable person  
Covenanters Covenanters were those people in Scotland who signed the National Covenant in 1638. They signed this Covenant to confirm their opposition to the interference by the Stuart kings in the affairs of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland.
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Throw into rubbish tip / Destroy  
Crabbit Ill tempered / grumpy / in a bad mood Tabbit is a crabbit wee rabbit.

My new pet rabbit, Tabbit, keeps biting my fingers.

Cradle Snatcher Taking a (much) younger partner   
Cranachan Cranachan is a traditional Scottish dessert. In modern times it is usually made from a mixture of whipped cream, whisky, honey, and fresh raspberries topped with toasted oatmeal.


Cratur Creature  
Creel A basket to hold fish  
Cuff To inflict a heavy defeat on a person or team. The Bankies cuffed Partick Thistle seven, wan.

Clydebank Football Team beat Partick Thistle seven goals to one.

Cumbie Gang name  
Cuiridh mi clach air do chàrn A traditional Gaelic blessing which means “I’ll put a stone on your cairn.”
Cutty-sark "Cutty sark" is 18th century Scots for "short chemise" or "short undergarment". Cutty-sark was a nickname given to the witch Nannie, a fictional character created by Robert Burns in his Tam o' Shanter, after the garment she wore.

 Modern Version of the Cutty-Sark

short chemise girl in undies sexy


From No Rabbie Burns

by Stuart McLean

One Night as I did Wander

One night as I did wander,
Where junkies like to shoot,
I sat me down tae ponder,
On a down-an-out’s old boot.

Auld Annie hobbled by me,
And climbed into her box,
She cursed away like billyo,
For she’d caught a doze o’ pox.

O why’s there such injustice,
In this bonnie land of oors?
Where some folk live in castles,
An’ others live as whores.

Ah’d like tae right awe the wrangs,
That blight oor lives today,
But there’s no’ much thit Ah can dae,
As a poet on minimum pay.


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Cannae or Cannie



Cargo Shop


Carry Out




Ceud mile failte

Chantie or Chanty

Chanty Rastler






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Clockwork Orange



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Cradle Snatcher






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