Doric Sayings



Our favourite Scottish Doric sayings with their English translation



Antrin wirdie - Occasional word

Black Affrontit - Embarrassed

Clappit thegither - Thrown together

Doon aboot the moo - Depressed

Far Hiv Ye Bin? - Where have you been

Hale-jingbang - The whole lot







Ill Tricket - Up to tricks

Kinnlin a lowe - Lightng a flame

Leesome Lane - Quite alone

Nae Mowse - No laughing matter

Orra breet - Foul mouthed

Riggit oot - Equipped

Semmitt an draa'ers - Vest and pants

Tak the len - Take advantage of

Watter made waur - Weak tea

Read over 820 Doric sayings and words in our A-Z pages or have your own sayings automatically translated using our Scottish Translator Tool.






The Drummer Boy


The Drummer Boy is my latest novel about the ghost of a Gordon Highlander Drummer Boy from the Battle of Waterloo who haunts a modern day army nurse.


Chapters take place in modern day Aberdeen, at the Noose & Monkey bar and restaurant as well as His Majesty’s Theatre and Garthdee. Other scenes take place at Tidworth and during the Napoleonic War.


I’ve put in many Doric words and phrases into the novel, my favourite being “Mmm oxters o an Aberdeen loon, cannae beat it!” As with all my novels and short stories (my author name is CG Buswell) it includes the Doric, scenes from Aberdeen and famous ghosts from our area.


Read the first three chapters for free on most devices.