Things in Scots #17: Skoosh


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

Today’s word has several meanings, and to keep this post short, I’ll focus on the main ones. One of which immediately brings to mind childhood summers of getting drenched, and bugging my mum for empty washing-up liquid bottles.

Today’s Things in Scots is: Skoosh.

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Skoosh—also sc(h)oosh—means gush, squirt, jet, spurt, and splash. Staying with the liquid theme: A spray bottle is a skoosher. You can skoosh aerosol air fresheners and deodorants. And, in the summer, kids fill empty washing-up liquid bottles to play skooshie gun fights—commercially bought water guns are also called skooshie guns.

A skoosh of something means a splash of a fizzy drink like lemonade, especially when added to alcohol as a mixer.

If something is a skoosh, it means that it’s easy to do—similar to the American term cakewalk. To “skoosh it” means to do something with ease.

For a more in-depth definition, be sure to check out the Dictionar o the Scots Leid.

Here’s an example of skoosh in use:

Gie’s a wee skoosh o Irn Bru wi the whuskie.

In Inglis: Give me a small splash of Irn Bru with the whisky.

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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6 responses to “Things in Scots #17: Skoosh”

  1. Photos by Jez – I'm a Royal Navy Veteran from Scotland and love to get out and about with my wife, susantbraithwaite.com, on our Kalkhoff e-bikes. My faithful camera, Snappy, and the ever-present Lensy (lensball) are always along for the ride to capture the beauty of Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿. Join me as I share photos from our travels, how Lensy views the world & pretty much anything shiny ✨
    jezbraithwaite says:

    I remember the skooshie bottle to keep the 2 eejits off the table 😂

  2. bushboy – Landcare, photography, music, poetry (of sorts), cooking, our environment, life on the land and making a difference where I can. MotoGP is my "boy" fix.
    bushboy says:

    Another great word to say Susan 🙂

  3. Susan T. Braithwaite – Glasgow, Scotland – 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 yarn, and planning world domination with my husband, jezbraithwaite.blog, and our squirrel army.​
    Susan T. Braithwaite says:
  4. Susan T. Braithwaite – Glasgow, Scotland – 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 yarn, and planning world domination with my husband, jezbraithwaite.blog, and our squirrel army.​
    Susan T. Braithwaite says:
  5. Susan T. Braithwaite – Glasgow, Scotland – 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 yarn, and planning world domination with my husband, jezbraithwaite.blog, and our squirrel army.​
    Susan T. Braithwaite says:

    Stefanie Neumann: Here’s the link fir ma auld post on skoosh. susantbraithwaite.com/2019/12/17/thi… via twitter.com

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