Things in Scots: Running the Asset Edition – Wummin


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It’s the first TiS of May, so I thought I’d ease us in with a nice easy one.

Here’s the snippet… (unedited first draft)

Adam reappeared, holstering his weapon. “It’s all clear.” He scowled at Elle. “What’s wrong now?”

“I can’t imagine. Maybe it’s that ever since you showed up in my life, everything has turned to shit. And now I’m stuck with you in my home.”

“Grab the chair.” He pointed at the antique library chair, completely ignoring her comments.

Elle carried the chair over to him only because she was intrigued to see what he was doing.

He hopped onto the chair, not bothering to transform it into steps, and stuck a tiny box above the door.

“What is that? What are you doing?”

Gies a break, wummin. Since I met you, all you’ve done is bombard me with non-stop questions. Maybe if you’d directed some of that inquisitiveness at your boss, you wouldn’t be in this situation.”

“You’re right. I’d be dead already, and so would Dani.”

Running the Asset (Deniable Unit #1)

If you didn’t get the meaning for wummin from the snippet, it means woman. I’ve heard that using ‘woman’ in a sentence like the one above comes across as derogatory or sexist in English. In Scots, it’s not usually meant or taken that way. (Though, there are times when it is used exactly that way–the tone is normally the decider.)

That’s it for this week

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11 responses to “Things in Scots: Running the Asset Edition – Wummin”

  1. 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:

    Gies a break, wummin, that was an easy one 🙂

    • 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:

      Sweet! Thanks for the feedback 🤩

  2. Stefanie Neumann – Hamburg, Germany – The Art of Awareness – a bright light on the path of beingness. Basically I am… well… me! That contents: Dreamer. Visionary. Connector. Peacefounder. Adventurer. Teacher. Lerner. Artist. Embodied Spirit. … Born as a highly sensitive person and empath I am using these gifts to bring awareness into the world through authenticity. This comes with a natural, strong tendency for clarity. I am in love with creative expression, drawing my inspiration from a colourful, wide range of interests. People often describe me as open-hearted and friendly. What I learned from life on earth: You cannot think an experience. But you can thank for it. ************************************ Die Kunst der Gewahrsamkeit – ein helles Licht auf dem Pfad des Seins. Im Wesentlichen bin ich… nun ja… ich! Das beinhaltet: Träumerin. Visionärin. Vermittlerin. Friedensgründerin. Abenteurerin. Lehrerin. Lernende. Künstlerin. Verkörperter Geist… Als hochsensible Person und Empathin geboren, nutze ich diese Gaben, um Gewahrsamkeit durch Authentizität in die Welt zu bringen. Dies kommt mit einer natürlichen starken Neigung zur Klarheit. Ich bin in den kreativen Ausdruck verliebt, wobei ich meine Inspiration von einer bunten Palette an vielseitigen Interessen beziehe. Menschen beschreiben mich oft als offenherzig und freundlich. Was ich vom Leben auf der Erde gelernt habe: Man kann eine Erfahrung nicht denken. Doch man kann für sie danken.
    Stefanie Neumann says:

    A’m a wummin an A willnae gies a break afore A ken fit’s gaein oan!

    I know, I have to wait until the book is published to find out. 😊

    • 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:

      Yer a richt guid wummin, Stefanie! Thanks for the feedback 💖

  3. Yep. Got that one straight away. Not a appellation that would be generally well-received south of the border, although possibly in jest or lust!

    • 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:

      Thanks for the feedback, Chris! I agree, I don’t think it would be that well received down south, but hopefully in the context of the book readers would pick up on him not meaning it in a misogynistic way. 🤞
      Oh, thank you for another new English word! I’ve never seen appellation before, but it’s a beautiful way of saying name or title 🤩

    • 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:

      Excellent news! Thank you 🌻

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