Things in Scots: Running the Asset Edition – Wean


This week’s word is another one that might require a pronunciation explainer. Last week I explained that ae sounds like the English ay in bay/say/hay. The ea in wean sounds exactly the same.

Here’s the snippet… (unedited first draft)

Playing hunches was always a gamble, and in Adam’s experience, they had a tendency to backfire epically. But, the Leigh was unshakable, and if he had to listen to another oral history of Marseille’s darker side, he’d be up for murder. He closed her file, with a slap of his hand, dragging her attention to it. “Afraid I can’t.”

She pouted like a petulant wean. “It’s about me. I want to know what it says.” Her fingers wriggled out in the direction of the file.

Running the Asset (Deniable Unit #1)

I’m reasonably confident that wean was clear from the context 🤞 But, if it’s not, wean means child. It’s most commonly used in the Central Belt of Scotland–where Adam is from. The more common word for child in the rest of the country is bairn.

That’s it for this week

I hope you enjoyed this post. I’d love to hear your comments on how easy or difficult it was to get the gist of wean as it appeared in the quote.

If you find yourself inspired by the Scots words I share, add the tag #TiS or #ThingsinScots to your writing/art/photo post and drop your link in the comments.

If you want to see more Scots posts, check out the original series, Things in Scots.

Thanks for reading. Take care, and I hope to see you next week for more Scots on Manuscript Mondays!

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.​

9 thoughts on “Things in Scots: Running the Asset Edition – Wean

  1. Sorry, I did not get this one! 🙁

    1. Oh, no! Thanks for letting me know, Aletta. 💖I’ll have another look at making it clearer when I’m editing. 😊

      1. Sorry😔

      2. No reason for you to be sorry! I’m so happy you’re taking the time to let me know. It’s my job to make it easily understood. And, you’re doing me a huge favour by helping me see what’s working and what needs work. Plus, editing is when I get to make the story shine 😁💖

      3. Then I am happy 😊

  2. bushboy says:

    I thought child but know of bairn (thanks Vera) 🙂

    1. Thanks, Brian! The Vera reference went over my head. Who is she?

  3. Chris Hall says:

    This week’s easy, Susan! I know both wean and bairn. Bairn is also used in north-east England.

    1. Thanks, Chris! 🤩 The Scots language is closely linked to the old Northumbrian language, and they share a good few words–sometimes the meanings are different, but the more basic ones are pretty much the same.

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