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 Glaswegian words beginning : G
 
   
Glaswegian English Example and Translation
Gadgie An old tinker derogatory word for a townie.

Gadgie

Gadgie city gent

Gaed

Went  
Gallus Self-confident, daring, cheeky. / Stylish.

Often used in a derogatory manner for someone who thinks that they are something special.

He's pure gallus, by the way.

What a bloody arsehole that guy is!!!!

Galoot A stupid person

Glasgow Galoot in Uniform

Galoot fool idiot man

Game Used in the expression 'That's the game' it is a term of encouragement or approval. (game is often pronounced gem) Go oan, down yer pint in wan - that's the game.

Consume your pint glass of Tennent's Lager in one and then puke up - that's brilliant!

Gang

Go  
Gawk                             Stare (in a stupid way)  
Gangs Runs A bairn maun creep afore it gangs.


A youngster must achieve it’s first ASBO before it can be considered worthy of membership to a gang.
[From A Midge in Your Hand is Worth Two Up the Kilt]

Gaun / Gawn Gone / Going  
Gaun yersel Go for it / Yer a rare wee dancer - gaun yersel Jimmy.

You are very adepth at the eightsome reel - go on swing those hips.

GCSE

General Certificate of Substandard Education

GCSE

whimsical noun

A ‘pass’ at E level in Woodwork, Knitting or Domestic Violence is good enough for wild celebrations in any Ned household. A Ned with two such passes is considered a genius - any with more than two is a considered a bunty and dealt with appropriately.

[From Ned Speak by Stuart McLean]

A Level - GSCE Results . . . time to celebrate!

Gear

Clothes that a Ned or Chav wears / Illicit drugs

Chavs in Gear

Geegaw Bauble / Inexpensive toy  
Geeing Hurrying someone up  
Geggy / geggie Mouth. Mostly used in the phrase 'Shut yer geggy' Shut yer geggie the flies ur gettin' in.

Would you please abstain from talking while I'm listening to the football on television.

Geeza May I please have? Geeza slug o' yer barbru.

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

Geezeabrek                   Give me a break (chance)  
Gemme Game / Up for it  
Gemmy A hard man / gang member  
Gen up Honestly. It's the truth. Ah saw a spaceship landing and pink elephants goat oot - gen up.

I am drunk again.

Get lifted To be arrested by the police  
Gibbering Talking nonsense  
Gie                                Give  
Gies                                Give me Gies a lick oh yer lolly hen.

Would you mind sharing that delicious looking Strawberry and Vodka Mivvie - Oh and do you hancy a quick shag too?

Gin

If Comin Thro' The Rye by Robert Burns
Chorus.
O Jenny's a' weet, poor body,
Jenny's seldom dry:
She draigl't a' her petticoatie,
Comin thro' the rye!
1.
Comin thro' the rye, poor body,
Comin thro' the rye,
She draigl't a' her petticoatie,
Comin thro' the rye!
 
Gin a body meet a body
Comin thro' the rye,
Gin a body kiss a body,
Need a body cry?
 
Gin a body meet a body
Comin thro' the glen,
Gin a body kiss a body,
Need the warld ken?
 
Gin a body meet a body
Comin thro' the grain,
Gin a body kiss a body,
The thing's a body's ain.
Ginger Any soft drink - such as lemonade.  
Ginger Boatles Lemonade bottles

ginger bottles lemonade

Girn                                Moan  

Gither (the)

Together  
Glaikit Stupid / silly / looks stupid She's as glaikit as a haggis in a graveyard.

She is a contender for idiot of the month at the lunatic asylum.

Glass cheque In the old days before recycling was invented lemonade and beer bottles had a refundable deposit. Kids would go round the houses collecting 'unwanted' bottles. These were then taken to the ice-cream van and exchanged for sweeties.  
Glasgow Kiss / Glesca Kiss A headbut

Glasgow Kiss
A Glasgow Kiss is a greeting that is not exclusive to Glasgow. Indeed many a Glasgow Kiss has been given in Greenock, Glenrothes and even Geilenkirchen (though Geilenkirchen Kiss doesn’t have the same ring to it). A Glasgow Kiss is given by striking the forehead against the beneficiary’s head. Targeting the nose provides the most pleasing effect.

[From Ned Speak by Stuart McLean]
 

Glasgow Kiss

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Glen Valley.

The word comes from the Gaelic language word gleann,

Glencoe Scotland

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Glesga or Glesca Glasgow - once the 'Second City of the British Empire'.

With the Industrial Revolution at the start of the 18th Century, Glasgow excelled in of soap-making, distilling, glass-making, sugar and textiles. It became one of the richest cities in the world. Though the average Glaswegian saw very little of this wealth

Looking over the Squiggly Bridge to Glasgow City Centre

Glesca Kiss / Glasgow Kiss A headbut  
Gliff Fright or startled  
Gloamin' Twilight Roamin' in the gloamin' by Sir Harry Lauder

Chorus:
Roamin' in the gloamin' on the bonny banks o' Clyde
Roamin' in the gloamin' with my lassie by my side
When the sun has gone to rest
That's the time we love the best
Ach, it's lovely roamin' in the gloamin'

I've seen lots of bonnie lassies travelin' far and wide
But my heart is centered now on bonny Kate McBride
And altho' I'm no' a man who throws a word away
I'm surprised mysel' sometimes at all I've got to say.

One nicht in the gloamin' we were trippin' side by side
I kissed her twice and asked her once if she would be my bride
She was shy, so was I, we were baith the same
But I got brave and braver on the joumey comin' hame

Last nicht after strollin' we got hame at halfpast nine
Sittin' at the kitchen fire I asked her to be mine
When she promised, I got up and danced the Hielan' fling
I've just been at the jew'llers and I've picked a nice wee ring

Glow'ring Shining  
G'night Goodnight  

Goan

Going / Gone  
Gob A spittle - particularly one that contains have the spitters lings.  
Gob Shite Talking nonsense That's pure gob shite so it is - Ah didnae kiss ma sister.

Damn - I didn't realise the curtains were open.

Gomeril Stupid person  
Gonny / gonnae Going to / Will you  Gonnae no' dae that.

Please refrain from kicking my head.

Gonnae / gonny  Going to / Will you  Gonnae no' dae that.

Please refrain from kicking my head with your size 12 boots.

Gowd

Gold  
Gowpin or Goupin Throbbing with pain. Ah cannae walk anither inch - ma feet are goupin.
Greet Cry / weep  
Greetin' face  Someone who is moaning or crying A greetin' face wee lassie . . .

greetin' face wee lassie little crying girl

Greetin'                         Crying  
Gret Cried  
Groggy Light headed / faint  
Grot Derogatory term for girl/boy friend  
Gub Mouth Shut yer gub you're doin' ma heid in.

Stop speaking your giving me a headache.

Guddle A mess. Get this bedroom fixed oot - it's in a proper guddle.
Gude Good A gude man maks a gude wife.


Now that gay marriages have become acceptable, your Mr Right could soon become your Mrs Right.
[From A Midge in Your Hand is Worth Two Up the Kilt]

Guid                              Good A Guid New Year to Ane An' A'

Traditional Song - Author Unknown

A Guid New Year to Ane An' A'
A guid new year to ane an' a'
An' mony may ye see,
An' during a' the years to come,
O happy may ye be.
An' may ye ne'er hae cause to mourn,
To sigh or shed a tear;
To ane an'a baith great an' sma'
A hearty guid New year.

Chorus
A guid new year to ane an' a'
An' mony may ye see,
An' during a' the years to come,
O happy may ye be.

Guid-man Husband Typical Glaswegian Husband

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Guid-wife Wife Typical Glaswegian Wife

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From No Rabbie Burns

by Stuart McLean

Bruce, the Best Man’s, Address to the Groom at His Wedding

Tune: Hey tutti taiti

Scot, wha hae wi' shavin’ bled,
Scot, wham is so easy led,
Welcome to yer wedding bed -
Oh such mysterie!

Now's the day, and now's the hour:
See the front o' battle lour,
See approach yer new bride’s mither -
Chains and slaverie!

Wha could be so bloody brave?
Married till ye meet the grave?
All yer life tae be a slave? -
Too late tae turn, and flee!

By yer wife’s woes and pains,
Ye’ll hae six screamin’, scroungin’ weans,
They’ll ensure yer bank book drains,
And ye shall ne’er be free!

Lay such horrid thoughts aside!
Long enough have ye cried!
Let us stand and toast the bride!
The drinks are all on me!

 

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Gadgie

Gaed

Gallus

Galoot

Game

Gang

Gawk                            

Gangs

Gaun or Gawn

Gaun yersel

GCSE

Gear

Geegaw

Geeing

Geggy or geggie

Geeza

Geezeabrek                  

Gemme

Gemmy

Gen up

Get lifted

Gibbering

Gie                               

Gies                               

Gin

Ginger

Ginger Boatles

Girn                               

Gither (the)

Glaikit

Glass cheque

Glasgow Kiss or Glesca Kiss

Glen

Glesga or Glesca

Glesca Kiss or Glasgow Kiss

Gliff

Gloamin'

Glow'ring

G'night

Goan

Gob

Gob Shite

Gomeril

Gonny or gonnae

Gonnae or gonny 

Gowd

Gowpin or Goupin

Greet

Greetin' face 

Greetin'                        

Gret

Groggy

Grot

Gub

Guddle

Gude

Guid                             

Guid-man

Guid-wife

 

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