Things in Scots: Running the Asset Edition – Mibbe


Hiya! I thought I’d open this week’s post with a huge thanks to everyone who gave me feedback on the stick the heid oan post. You’ve saved my future readers a big headache (😂 ) in figuring out what it means. There are a couple of ways to deal with it, either I mention the word headbutt close to the phrase, or I just remove it. I’m leaving it for future Susan to deal with 😉.

This week’s word is an everyday word in Scots, as is its translation into English. Oh, and it’s pronounced mih-bey.

[I don’t tend to add a set-up for these scenes, but when I read this wee snippet back, I realised I had no clue where they were. Adam and Elle (and Dani–Elle’s sister who is offscreen) are in a restaurant in Marseille, France–the bulk of the book is set there.]

Here’s the snippet… (unedited first draft)

Adam grabbed a slice of bread from the table and leant across Elle for the butter. “What pissed your wee sister off?”

“Nothing, she’ll be back any second, and you can’t be here when she does.”

“You’re a touch more uptight than normal. Either that stick up your arse went deeper, or you’re planning on running. Best be warned, doll, running away from me will only piss me off.”

A sweet smile curved her lips. “How would I know the difference?”

“Keep it up, and you’ll find out. Mibbe I’ll start with investigating Dani’s hacking activities.” Elle’s eyes grew wide. “Oh, you didn’t think we knew about her extracurricular activities?”

“You’re blackmailing me?”


Elle’s eyes narrowed into slits of anger. “If you threaten Dani again, we’ll disappear, and you can deal with this—whatever the hell this is—on your own.”

Adam leant close to her. “There’s nowhere in this world you can hide from me. I’ll always find you. And if I have to drag you back here to do what’s right, I will.” He eased back and bit off a chunk of bread.

Running the Asset (Deniable Unit #1)

Hopefully, this was much easier to understand 😬But, if it wasn’t, or you just want confirmation that you’re guess was correct, mibbe means maybe in English.

Having looked at the top ten locations my visitors access the site from, I thought I’d google the translations for their local languages.

In Afrikaans it’s miskien.

In German, it’s vielleicht.

In Hindi, it’s शायद.

In Dutch, it’s måske.

And in French, it’s peut-être que.

(If I’ve made a mistake, let me know, and I’ll change it. Thanks in advance!)

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 mibbe as it appeared in the quote.

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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 Fiction Friday!

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.​

18 thoughts on “Things in Scots: Running the Asset Edition – Mibbe

  1. I knew the word when you said how to pronounce it!!

    1. Awesome! Thanks for letting me know, Aletta 💖

      1. You’re welcome!

  2. I know that one; it’s also used by Fat Bastard in Gold Member 😂

    1. Of course that’s where you’d have heard it! 🤣🤣🤣

  3. bushboy says:

    Easy as Susan 🙂

  4. Chris Hall says:

    It’s clear from the context, no probs with this on the page, Susan!

    1. Sweet! Thanks for the feedback, Chris 💗

  5. Marsha says:

    Hi Susan, Definitely, the pronunciation guide was a huge clue for me. Great story.

    1. Oh, thanks, Marsha! And, a huge thank you for the feedback! 🤗

      1. Marsha says:

        You are more than welcome. How are you doing with your book?

      2. Thanks for asking! I just started the editing process a couple of weeks ago. 😀😬

      3. Marsha says:

        That’s great. Do you send it out to someone?

      4. When I’ve got all my edits done, and I’ve polished it to death, I’ll send it out to an editor. And that’s when I’ll start to panic 😁

      5. Marsha says:

        I understand that feeling. I never recovered from that, but I’m not dead yet, so maybe I will still. 🙂

      6. There’s nothing like paying someone to tell you how bad your work is 🤣

      7. Marsha says:

        How true! 🙂

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