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exile posted a topic in Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhereSo, from time to time you see a Scots/Scottish word written down you'd never seen written down before, or suddenly hear a Scots word on radio or TV that you'd never heard broadcast before, your realise you'd only ever heard it word of mouth. So it can feel strange out of context (which may have been a specific time and place). And did you ever think it was spelt not how you thought it should, or pronounced not as you remembered? Or when you look it up in the dictionary, the definition doesn't do it justice? I'm thinking of words like footery, which (to me) somehow doesn't look as if it should be spelt that way. (Then there's fouterie, futtering, etc.) Also "Complicated or awkward to do or use." seems not to capture it adequately, plus there's an element of negativity (as in "Stop fouttering!") Or bahookie, which I always assumed should be properly spelt bahoochie (like loch as opposed to lock). (Seems both spelling exist but the first seems more common?) Or "redd up" which I never even heard of till an adult then heard someone using it. To hear it suddenly on the radio was a surprise. Funnily the first popular dictionary entry I came across says it's chiefly Pennsylvania (!) but derived from Scottish settlers (and before that, Middle English). Or the word wee-er (weeer?) so commonly spoken but I don't remember ever seeing it written down. And what about Ah amn't, Ah umnae, Um ur or Um urnae?