Things in Scots #19: Clype

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

Today’s word is used in playgrounds throughout Scotland. But, that doesn’t mean it’s limited to use by children. Though, when adults also use it in the playground sense, it can come across as petty and juvenile.

Today’s Things in Scots is: Clype.

Clype (also clipe, claip, and clep) has several different meanings, but we’ll only cover one type here: telling. To clype is to tell on someone, to tell tales about someone. It also means to report, to inform, to relate something. And finally, it means a bit of gossip, a lie. For more definitions of clype, check out the Dictionar o the Scots Leid.

Here’s an example of clype in use:

Aye, awa an clype tae yer mammy!

In Inglis: Go away and tell your mother!

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.​

6 thoughts on “Things in Scots #19: Clype

  1. hollyhoneychurch: @SusanB @jezb thanks you two. We’re watching Outlander at the mo and have gotten interested in Scots. 😘 via

  2. SusanB: @hollyhoneychurch That’s so great that you’re interested in Scots. I have to admit, we haven’t seen beyond the first 4/5 episodes, as we got busy. (Feel a bit guilty, the studio is literally just down the hill from us.) It is on our to-be-watched list. via

  3. hollyhoneychurch: @SusanB oh wow. I wonder how much they film in the studio. My sweet Simon is very interested in Scots and asks if you know of the best online course/podcast (other than your lovely self) to help him connect more. 🙏 via

  4. SusanB: @hollyhoneychurch I just happen to be on a Scots OU Course. It’s totally free. The course goes into the history of the language and shares words and phrases. It’s not exactly a traditional language learning course, but I think one could be coming from ScotGov in the future. 🤞 via

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