Things in Scots: Running the Asset Edition – Mibbe

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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?”

“Yip.”

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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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, jezbraithwaite.blog, and our squirrel army.​

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

    1. 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:

      Awesome! Thanks for letting me know, Aletta 💖

  1. Photos by Jez – I'm a Royal Navy Veteran from Scotland and love to get out and about with my wife, susantbraithwaite.com, on our Kalkhoff e-bikes. My faithful camera, Snappy, and the ever-present Lensy (lensball) are always along for the ride to capture the beauty of Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿. Join me as I share photos from our travels, how Lensy views the world & pretty much anything shiny ✨
    Photos by Jez says:

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

    1. 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:

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

  2. 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:

    Easy as Susan 🙂

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

    1. 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, Chris 💗

  4. Marsha – Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.
    Marsha says:

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

    1. 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:

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

      1. Marsha – Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.
        Marsha says:

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

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

      3. Marsha – Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.
        Marsha says:

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

      4. 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:

        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 – Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.
        Marsha says:

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

      6. 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:

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

      7. Marsha – Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.
        Marsha says:

        How true! 🙂

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