Things in Scots #18: Carnaptious

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

Today’s post is short and sweet, but our Scots word is anything but. (I know, I know, ending a sentence on a preposition is bad. It’s allowed when it’s a stylistic choice. 😜)

Today’s Things in Scots is: Carnaptious.


Carnaptious (also curnaptious, carnapshus) means irritable, quarrelsome, bad-tempered.

Here’s an example of carnaptious in use:

He’s a carnaptious wee nyaff.

In Inglis: He’s a bad-tempered, small, worthless person.

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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Author: 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 yarn, and planning world domination with my husband,, and our squirrel army.​

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