Things in Scots #16: Fooshtie

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

If you’ve read day ten’s post, you’ll know that the Scots Leid is a word-goldmine for foul scents, tastes, and general dirt. Today’s word is one of my favourite nuggets from said mine. Not only is it a superb descriptor, but it’s also fun to say.

Today’s Things in Scots is: Fooshtie.


Fooshtie comes from the word foosht (also foost), which means to become or smell mouldy, or to succumb to mildew. Fooshtie indicates that something is mouldy, or smells mouldy. Another definition of foosht, a new one to me, is to break wind in a suppressed manner. For a more detailed definition, check out the Dictionar o the Scots Leid.

Here’s an example of foosht in use:

Ah’m gonnae boak! Thae pieces ur fooshtie.

In Inglis: I’m going to throw up! Those sandwiches are mouldy.

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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