Things in Scots #9: Swither

Welcome to day nine of Things in Scots!—a fun collaboration with my husband, Jez (Mind an gie Jez’s post a keek.)

With the tens of thousands of words in the Scots Leid—maist o which flee aboot ma heid oft mixed wi Inglis—it’s not surprising that I get a wee bit confused.

At least once a week, I have to ask Jez if a word is English or not. It’s only Monday, and by 5 am, I’d already asked that question. With the answer being “nope”—and the fact I use it so often—I’ve decided to share it.

 Today’s Things in Scots is: Swither.

Swither (swidder in the North East) means that you’re unsure, hesitant, indecisive.

It also describes states of being: doubtful, confused, panicky.

Ach, Ah’m switherin whither tae git e bus in tae toon or jist git wur messages here.

I can’t decide if I should get a bus into the city or if I should just get my grocery shopping here.

If you want to ken the Scots for anything, just ask in the comments section.

Thenks fur stoapin by, and hae a wunnerfu day.

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Susan T. Braithwaite

Royal Navy veteran from Scotland. My journey into writing started with a screenwriting certificate program at UCLA Ext. Since then, I've worked as a freelance content writer, erotica author, proofreader, professional beta reader, and content editor. I'm now working hard on my dream writing career: romantic suspense author. When I'm not writing, I can be found drinking too much coffee, obsessing over tiny houses, and planning world domination with my husband, jezbraithwaite.blog, and our squirrel army.​

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