Sunday, August 01, 2010

How to Speak English in Edinburgh...

So over the last 10 weeks we've learned a bit of Scottish Slang as we've tried to acclimate- here's our list of translations for any of you who plan on coming to the UK...
Scottish Term.............................English
Hi-ya........................................... Hey
Nappies .......................................Diapers
Buggy/Push Chair/Pram......... Stroller
Minder .......................................Babysitter
Creche........................................ Childcare center
Cheers ........................................Thanks
Yay/Nay .....................................Yes/No
Trolly ........................................Grocery Cart
Digestives .................................Cookies
Crisps ........................................Chips
Chips ........................................French Fries
Dog Foul ..................................Dog Poop
Football ....................................Soccer
Lay in ........................................Sleep in
Rubbish Bin .............................Trash Can
Queue .......................................Line
Knickers ..................................Underwear
Redundancy ............................Laid off
Snog ........................................Make out
Fag ...........................................Cigarette
Shag ........................................See Austin Powers
Wee .........................................small
Fancy .......................................like
Smart .......................................dressed well
Take away ...............................Take out
Daft ..........................................stupid
Bloody .....................................adjective used for drama
bloke ........................................idiot
Wanker..................................... fool
Wellingtons............................. Rain Boots
Pitch .........................................Field or court for sports
Wag ..........................................Ditsy, fake, high maintenance wife or girlfriend
Bay ............................................parking space
Gummy .....................................Pacifier
Flying Fox ................................Zip line
Boot ..........................................trunk of your car
lady bird ...................................lady bug
incy wincy spider .....................itsy bitsy spider
Cheeky ......................................Mischievous in terms of children, lacking tact in terms of adults
Brilliant.................................... Cool
Absolutely Amazing................ Awesome

Sample sentence... The smart looking bloke Fancied the cheeky Wag who leaned up against her boot by the cricket pitch in her wee Wellingtons while she ate her Digestives. Understand? now add in a strong Scottish accent and now you can fathom how we felt when we first got here. The weird thing is that, now we're starting to use these phrases. I find myself texting Aaron daily asking if he'd "fancy a break?" around lunch time. I've also started using the words "proper and absolutely amazing," while i've noticed Aaron uses the term "Brilliant" often. And Aricin loves to wave and say "Hi-ya" to everyone he meets. It's crazy how fast you can learn and adapt to new phrases.

Now for some recent pics. Last week we went on a hike of King Arthur's seat and the ruins of St. Anthony's chapel. We also went on a tour of the Ediburgh Castle and here's the proof..

Arthur's Seat Hike




The hike was too much for Tally- who decided to take a nap

Aricin surprisingly wanted to hike most of it himself
Ruins of St. Anthony's chapel





Welcome bags for the kids when we got library cards
Edinburgh Castle







You can see the carousel and playground down below- we play down there almost every day
Aricin and Aaron standing watch


More thoughts... Tally turned 9 months old a few days ago and just got her first tooth- she's a busy little girl and is crawling all over our tiny flat. Aricin cracks us up and is constantly surprising us with new words and phrases. We borrowed the movie Chariots of Fire this week from friends and watched it- if you haven't seen it- it's now one of my all time favorites- partly because it was cool to see several of the scenes that were shot here outside our window on the Salisbury Crags and on West Sands Beach in St. Andrews. I also loved the film because it was inspiring to hear about the life of Eric Liddell- Scotland's most famous and admired athlete of all time. In addition to being a phenomenal gold medal runner, and solid all around guy, he was a missionary in China that lived his life to help and serve others.

On a side note last night we hung out with friends, Jeremy Dailey and his buddy Billy came to town and we showed them around, went to the Jazz and Blues Parade and then made Pizza's as we watched an Absolutely Amazing rainbow outside our window. Jeremy is dating Wendy, Kristy Johnson's sister and I'm hoping to set Billy up with a good friend from College. We've got 2 weeks left and I imagine they will go by fast. Aaron's completed rough drafts of two chapters for his thesis, worked on several contributions to book chapters under review, and is tinkering with a paper to submit to a winter conference. We will be going to the Military Tattoo Show this thursday and then next week have tickets to a couple other Festival shows. We will be sure to update you with how the shows go and pics.

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