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 Glaswegian words beginning : T
Glaswegian English Example and Translation
Tackety Boot A heavy boot with studs. // With full force.  
Tadger Penis  
Tae To  


Togither Ach, dain't they look lovely taegither.

How romantic, now that's she eight months gone, they are getting married.

Taenight Tonight  
Tagz Writing on walls

Graffiti Glasgow Style

Graffiti Glasgow

Tally Count money / Italian  
Tally Van Ice cream Van ( Tally = Italian)  
Tan To smash a window / To drink your booze very quickly  
Tank To beat easily. Scotland tanked the English 7-1 at Bannockburn.
Tanned Finished / Completed  
Tanner Sixpence (in old money) Silver sixpence produced for James VI of Scotland

silver sixpence produced by James VI of Scotland

Tap Top, Football top, t-shirt / A loan of money  
Tappit Hen A vessel with a lid used for drinking beer. You're Welcome, Willie Stewart by Robert Burns

Chorus.-You're welcome, Willie Stewart,
You're welcome, Willie Stewart,
There's ne'er a flower that blooms in May,
That's half sae welcome's thou art!

Come, bumpers high, express your joy,
The bowl we maun renew it,
tappet hen, gae bring her ben,
To welcome Willie Stewart,
You're welcome, Willie Stewart, &c.

May foes be strang, and friends be slack
Ilk action, may he rue it,
May woman on him turn her back
That wrangs thee, Willie Stewart,
You're welcome, Willie Stewart, &c

A Scottish Tappit Hen

Scottish Tappit Hen

Targe / Targaid A Shield with a spike in the centre.  
Tartan A woven fabric, of which kilts are made.

The Dress Act of 1746 attempted to bring the warrior clans under government control by banning the tartan and other aspects of Gaelic culture. When the law was repealed in 1782, it was no longer ordinary Highland dress, but was adopted instead as the symbolic national dress of Scotland.

Each clan, such as McDonald, McLean and Macfarlane, will have their own tartan (or tartans.)

Tatters In ruins / Ripped to pieces Ma dug goat ma hamework and left it in tatters.

I forgot to do my homework - excuse number 22.


Potato 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 Burns by Stuart McLean]
Tarrier A catholic, usually of irish descent  
Tattie bogle


A device, traditionally a human figure dressed in auld claes, or mannequin, that is used tae discourage birds sic as craws frae disturbin craps. No anerly dae craws eat the recently cast seed, but they gaither nichtly an aw, stairtin wi groups o a hauf dizzen that then jyn thegither tae form a group o 20 tae 30 an so on till the flock is raither lairge an noisy. It is thair prattick tae return tae the ae place ilka nicht.

Tattie scones / Tottie scones Potato Scones

A flat scone made with potatoes -  best eaten with fried bacon and dumpling. Does great things for the cholesterol.

Ingredients For Tattie Scones

500g of mashed potatoes
100g of plain flour
50g of butter
Pinch of salt

Boil the tatties and then mash them thoroughly. Mix in the other ingredients.

Flatten and cut into small scones then heat on the frying pan until golden.

Scottish Potato Scones

Scottish Potato Scones

Taxed Reserved  
Tea Evening meal. Dinner. Come oan Jimmy get in here right noo - yer tea's oot.
Tea Time A variable time within the bounds of 4pm to 6pm. Often used as a reference when no precise time can be given. Ah'll see ye aroun' tea time.

If I can manage to sneak out of the house without the wife noticing I shall see you at the pub around 5pm - but feel free to start without me.

Teem Heavy rain.


What do you call six weeks of rain in Scotland?


It's teeming doon.

Aye - it's rainin' cats 'n dugs.



Rainy Days in Glasgow

Rainy Days in Glasgow

Teetered (eg He teetered along the road) Moved carefully  
Tellie / Telly An amazing electronic device invented by Scottish inventor John Logie Baird that is used for watching shit soap operas. Glaswegian Television

Glaswegian Television

Telt Told Yer faither telt ye no' tae climb oan the roof.

It's your own fault that you fell off the roof and broke both legs - so don't come running to be for sympathy.

Ten Club Ned Girl Scottish Nedettes (Female Neds) Glasgow

Scottish Nedette Ned girl Glasgow

Ten Bob Ten shillings in ‘old’ money (50 pence is this weird new decimated currency)

 (Ten bob was a lot of dosh in the days when it was worth stealing a pound.)

An English Ten Bob Note

ten shillings bob old currency


A Scottish Ten Bob Note

Scottish Ten Bob Note

Teuchter Anyone who lives outside Glasgow and Edinburgh or has a strange accent. Nowadays this includes people from Poland, Romania, Bosnia, France, Sweden etc who reside in Scotland.

Anyone wearing a kilt is obviously a teuchter (unless it's at a wedding in which case they are a prat.)

Look it that big hairy teuchter - yon must be 8 foot tall - and huv ye ever seen such hairy, bowly legs.


Let me introduce Maggie - she won the Miss Inverness beauty contest last year.

That or Thit So Ah'm that annoyed Ah could bite the heed oaf a rabbit.
The boak (eg You gae me ra boak) Sick or feeling sick  
The day / theday Today  
The gether Together  
The morra / morro Tomorrow  
The morro / morra Tomorrow  
Therr There  
Therr's There is  
Thingmie A Scottish 'what do you call it'  
Thir There  
Thistle The National flower of Scotland

The Thistle's Grown Aboon the Rose

By Allan Cunningham (1784-1842)

Full white the Bourbon lily blows,
And fairer haughty England's rose.
Nor shall unsung the symbol smile,
Green Ireland, of thy lovely isle.
In Scotland grows a warlike flower,
Too rough to bloom in lady's bower;
His crest. when high the soldier bears,
And spurs his courser on the spears.
O there it blossoms - there it blows
The thistle's grown aboon the rose.

Bright like a steadfast star it smiles
Aboon the battle's burning files;
The mirkest cloud, the darkest night,
Shall ne'er make dim that beauteous light:
And the best blood that warms my vein
Shall flow ere it shall catch a stain.
Far has it shone on fields of fame,
From matchless Bruce till dauntless Graeme,
From swarthy Spain to Siber's snows;
The thistle's grown aboon the rose.

What conquered ay. what nobly spared,
What firm endured, and greatly dared?
What reddened Egypt's burning sand?
What vanquished on Corunna's strand?
What pipe on green Maida blew shrill?
What dyed in blood Barossa hill?
Bade France's dearest life-blood rue
Dark Soignies and dread Waterloo?
That spirit which no terror knows;
The thistle's grown aboon the rose.

I vow - and let men mete the grass
For his red grave who dares say less
Men kinder at the festive board,
Men braver with the spear and sword,
Men higher famed for truth - more strong
In virtue, sovereign sense, and song,
Or maids more fair, or wives more true,
Than Scotland's, ne'er trode down the dew.
Round flies the song - the flagon flows,
The thistle's grown aboon the rose.





Thon That Ah've goat a date wae thon guy Ah met at the VD clininc.
Thrums Purring  
Thruppence A three pence piece (Old Money)

Thruppence from 1943

Thruppence old coins Scotland

Thur There /Their  
Tick / Tic Credit (usually from the local shop)

You would buy food and drink on 'tic' and pay when you got your wages at the end of the week.

Tick? Nae problem!!! - But pay up or we send the boys round!!

debt in Glasgow Scotland

Tig A catching game played by children. 'Blindman's Tig on the Half-Frozen Canal' is a popular variation in winter.

"Tig - you're caught"

"No Ah'n no'"

"Aye ye ur"

"No Ah'm urnae"

"Ye ur - Ah caught ye ya big waster"

"Aye right"

"Ah did sot"

"No ye didnae"

"Your mither is a big hairy teuchter"

"Well your da is a proper alchie"


Start of world war three.



Children playing tig . . .

children playing in water

Tim Celtic fan / Catholic Tim wiz a tim but he wiz a no' bad guy if you know whit Ah mean.

Although Timothy is a Catholic by religion he is a fairly decent human being - particularly because he is a Rangers supporter.

Tink Poor person  
Tinnies Tin Cans  
Tirlin' Rapping / Knocking Willie Winkie by William Miller
Wee Willie Winkie rins through the toun,
Up stairs and doon stairs in his nicht-goun,
Tirlin' at the window, cryin' at the lock,
'Are the weans in their bed, for it's noo ten o'clock?'
Toaty Very small  
Toerag Someone (usually a child) who is being a nuisance  
Toffs Rich people Toff in a suit . . . (less polite people use other names)

city gent Glaswegian suits

Toley Jobby  
Tonic Buckfast Wine  
Tool Idiot,(you're a tool)  
Toon Town or City Center Ur ye goin' up the toon.

Naw, ma Maw wants me tae tidy ma room.

Tottie Good looking girl. Tottie - or most beautiful girl in the world???

Tottie scones / Tattie scones Potato Scones

A flat scone made with potatoes -  best eaten with fried bacon and dumpling. Does great things for the cholesterol.

Ingredients For Tottie Scones

500g of mashed potatoes
100g of plain flour
50g of butter
Pinch of salt

Flatten and cut into small scones then heat on the frying pan until golden.

Scottish Potato Scones
Toutin Smoking  
Trackies Tracksuit bottoms

Never wear your trackies

In a way that shows your crackies!

If makes you look quite silly,

And often shows off your . . . underpants.

Trackies man flashing bottom

Tramcaur Tramcar  
Trews Tartan Trousers Trews - Scottish Tartan Trousers - as worn by a complete prat.

Scottish Tartan Trousers

Trippen Having a laugh

We trippened the light fandango - two young girls who thought was moderately amusing . . .

 young girls laughing

Troopettes A group of female friends  
Troops, The Group of friends  
Trudge Struggle to walk - particularly when carrying something heavy.

Ah trudged doon the road carring ma new wheelbarra - it wiz awfy heavy.

Could ye no hae pushed it?

Whit and get the wheels awe dirty?

Tube Idiot  

Tum or Tummy

Stomach Hey Maw, ma tummy hurts.

Don't make me go to school - please - please!!!

Tummle Tumble.  
Tumshie Turnip (Also used as derogatory term eg "Ya big tumshie."  
Turn, a (eg Doing a turn) Carrying out a criminal act / Providing sex for money  


Two The Twa Dogs by Robert Burns

[Extract from poem]

'Twas in that place o' Scotland's isle,
That bears the name o' auld King Coil,
Upon a bonie day in June,
When wearin' thro' the afternoon,
Twa dogs, that were na thrang at hame,
Forgather'd ance upon a time.

The first I'll name, they ca'd him Caesar,
Was keepit for His Honor's pleasure:
His hair, his size, his mouth, his lugs,
Shew'd he was nane o' Scotland's dogs;
But whalpit some place far abroad,
Whare sailors gang to fish for cod.




apocryphal noun

When high on drink and drugs groups of Neds often play twicking. This is a game of perilous dares to determine who is the most macho. Carving a tattoo on the arm with a rusty knife and stealing a car are two of the most popular dares.

[From Ned Speak by Stuart McLean]


From Ned Speak

by Stuart McLean

It’s not true that Nedettes are born with tattoos on their backs and studs protruding from their belly buttons. But certainly, by the time she reaches nursery-school age, no self respecting Nedette would be without these symbols of her class. Where the cost of going to a back street tattoo artist is prohibitive a home-job is often done with an old hypodermic and a few bottles of coloured ink.

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There is a simple rule in NedVille, ‘Nicked tellies don’t need a licence.’

apocryphal noun
When high on drink and drugs groups of Neds often play twicking. This is a game of perilous dares to determine who is the most macho. Carving a tattoo on the arm with a rusty knife and stealing a car are two of the most popular dares.


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Scottish / Glaswegian Word List - click for more details:

Tackety Boot







Tally Van






Tappit Hen

Targe or Targaid





Tattie bogle

Tattie scones or Tottie scones



Tea Time


Teetered (eg He teetered along the road)



Ten Club

Ten Bob


That or Thit

The boak

The day or Theday

The gether

The morra or Morro

The morroor Morra


























Tottie scones or Tattie scones







Troops, The



Tum or Tummy



Turn, a - eg Doing a turn




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