Scottish Truisms


A bad wound may heal, but a bad name will kill.

A bald head is soon shaven.

A constant guest is never welcome.

A cracked bell will never mend.

A gien horse shouldna be looked in the mouth.

A gude cow may hae an ill calf.

A gude word finds a gude place.

A lang tongue has a short hand.

     (Those who promise most often do least.)

A gude year winna mak him, or an ill year break him.

     (A beggar will never be bankrupt.)

A craw is nae whiter for being washed.

A man’s hat in his hand ne’er did him harm.

A muffled cat was ne’er a gude mouser.

A raggit coat is armor against the robber.

A scalded cat dreads cauld water.

A guilty conscience needs nae accuser, a clear one fears nane.

A fair maiden tocherless (without a dowery) will get mae wooers than husbands.

A short grace is good for hungry folk.

A wild goose ne’er laid tame eggs.

A word is enough to the wise.

A rotten apple spoils its neighbor.

A turn weel done is twice done.

A swallow doesna mak a summer.

An ill turn is soon done.

As ye brew sae shall ye drink.

Auld tods need nae tutors.

Avoid in yourself what you blame in others.


A Scot’s Dictionary

ach (pronounced a-CH) Ach is an expression of surprise, disgust or disappointment: Ach, you don’t really notice the smell after awhile.

afore (pronounced a-fore) Afore means before: I’ll get home afore ye.

Ah Ah is a Scots word meaning I: Ah said Ah hadnae seen him. 

ahint  Ahint means behind: Hing yer coat up ahint the door.      

arrestment  In Scots law, arrestment is the seizure on someone’s wages, bank account, payments, etc.

atween (pronounced a-tween) It means between: a sausage in atween two dauds o’ bread.

auld (rhymes with bald) Auld means old.  

awa (pronounced a-waw) Awa means away

awfy (pronounced aw-fi) Awfy means awful: Ah feel awfy.

Aye (pronounced eye)