Things in Scots: Running the Asset Edition – Morra

Welcome to the second post in the revamped Things in Scots series. In this incarnation of TiS, I’m sharing the Scots language found in my upcoming romantic suspense novel, Running the Asset.

Let’s dive right in and get to this week’s word–well, it’s a phrase in the snippet.

Here’s the snippet… (unedited first draft)

He gripped Elle’s chin, forcing her to look up at him. “The morra’s morn, you’re going to get that drive for me, and then I suggest you get the fuck out of Marseille.”

Incensed eyes pinned him. “No.”

A lesser man would have withered under the waves of anger coming off her, but Adam remained unmoved. So she hated him; it was no skin off his nose. He wasn’t too fond of her either. “No?”

“No.”

“Fine. Let’s see how you feel in the morning.” He tugged at her restraints, then gave her the smile he’d been told would get him killed one day. “Don’t go anywhere, doll.” He left her tied to the chair as he walked out of her apartment.

Running the Asset (Deniable Unit #1)

Let’s break the phrase down. Morra is more common in the Central dialect of Scots, and it means tomorrow–it’s usually said as the morra. Morn means morning. Put it all together, and we get the morra’s morn meaning tomorrow morning.

[FYI: If Adam spoke another dialect of Scots, say North East/The Doric, he’d have said the/e morn’s morn to mean the same thing.]

And that’s it

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 the morra’s morn 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!

Things in Scots: Running the Asset Edition – Lugs

Welcome to the second post in the revamped Things in Scots series. In this incarnation of TiS, I’m sharing the Scots language found in my upcoming romantic suspense novel, Running the Asset.

My aims for this series are to share my first language and to sneak in a wee bit of beta testing. Think of it as a cheaty way of making sure that the Scots words are easy to understand via context rather than explanations. Unless the explanation route is natural to the story and/or leads to sexy times (that could/might/totally will happen).

This week’s snippet might look familiar to some of you. Part of it appeared on the site in October last year in full/braid Scots as part of the Scotstober challenge for the word dreich.

Here’s the snippet… (unedited first draft)

Heat. Flames. The bone-shaking roar. The blast ripped through the air, knocking Adam hard to the ground. He tried to lever himself off the ground, but his vision was doing a slow spin to the relentless ringing in his lugs.

He tried again only to have the wind knocked out of him by something sent barrelling by the stampeeding crowd. With rough hands, Adam rolled the dead weight off him to the pavement. Shit. The terror stricken eyes of a teenaged lassie stared up at him from a blood stained face.

Running the Asset (Deniable Unit #1)

Okay, this is actually a Scots word twofer. First is lugs which is the Scots for ears. The second is lassie, which I think most folks know is one of the many Scots words for girl.

And that’s it

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 lugs and lassie as they appeared in the quote. 

I said last time that this wasn’t exactly a challenge series, but I’ve decided to go with making it one. So, 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!

Things in Scots: Running the Asset Edition

Things in Scots is finally back after its two year break! But, there’s a twist. This time, it’s personal…well, eh, kinda? Take a keek at how I’m using Scots in my modern romantic suspense novel.

Happy New Year! I hope 2022 finds you all well. I’m finally venturing out of my cave with a post series I’ve been dying to work on.

In 2019, I teamed up with my wonderful husband, Jez, on our Scots Language project, Things in Scots. Unfortunately, with ever-increasing demands on our time, the project got shelved. Ever since then, I’ve been itching to get back to sharing Scots.

In October 2021, I finally saw the perfect opportunity when Dr Michael Dempster announced on Twitter that there would be a daily Scots language challenge called Scotstober.

I wasn’t sure I’d be able to keep up with the challenge but decided to give it a go, jumping in at the last moment. I’m so glad I did, as I loved the experience of writing entirely in Scots. 

Unfortunately, the daily posting on top of writing Running the Asset took its toll on my health—CRPS—and it’s taken a lot for me to get back to posting to the blog. 

Which brings me to this post

While I was doing Scotstober, an idea for bringing back Things in Scots struck me. Why not share the bits of the Scots language from my work in progress? 

As most of my target audience speaks English and hasn’t much experience with Scots, I’ve written my manuscript in English. My Scots heroes dae drap wee bits o the language in, here and there. But, I’ve tried to avoid the need to have the characters explain the words by relying on context (though some phrases the heroes do explain).

So, here’s the first snippet… (apologies, this is an unedited first draft)

“He’s heading North, K.” Adam sprinted in that direction.

“Got him,” Killian said over the comms. “He’s nearing the shopping centre. Take the next left and go in through the multistory parking. You can intercept him before he gets lost in the crowd.”

Adam pumped his arms and legs, willing them to go faster. He skitit around the corner, almost hitting the opposite wall as he lost traction on the gravel.

Running the Asset (Deniable Unit #1)

Skitit is the past tense of skite (check out my post on skite). Skite means to slide, slip, go fast—and much more—and is pronounced skiyt.

Skitit is pronounced skiy-tih. You’ll notice that the t at the end isn’t sounded. Well, that’s not entirely true. It’s a glottal stop, so the sound comes from the throat.

And that’s it

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 skitit as it appeared in the quote. 

This isn’t exactly a challenge series, but 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.

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

Challenge Host Interview Series: Photos by Jez

As it’s Monday, and my beloved Jez hosts Fan of… I thought I’d share his Featured Blogger Interview on Marsha’s Always Write blog as my Fan of… post.

If you want a lift to your Monday with some fantastic photography and a wee bit of an introduction to Jez, then take a gander at this excellent interview.

Marsha Ingrao - Always Write

Welcome to a long-awaited interview with the Challenge Host of “Fan Of…” and “Water WaterEverywhere,” Jez Braithwaite of Photos by Jez. If you join challenges at all you know that Jez supports many of them with pictures taken with Snappy (DSLR) & Lensy (lensball). I fell in love with his fun attitude and beautiful pictures, and I know many of you have also.

Jez’s Blogging History

Even though Jez started taking photographs when he was 12, his blogging history is much more recent.

I’ve always been keen on photography & got my first SLR, a Praktica, at the tender age of 14. I’ve been taking photographs of my travels as a school kid, through my twenty-year career as a Naval Officer, and of anything that’s caught my eye since. Until 10 years ago, my photos sat in albums or in the packets that came back from the developers…

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#Scotstober Day 31 #Neep, Tumshie, or Baigie

It’s the last day of Scotstober! I’m so happy to have made it all the way to the end–okay, shocked. And, more than a wee bit sad to see it go. It’s been a fantastic experience writing entirely in my native tongue for the first time. I’ve made new friends, learned new words, and rediscovered old words I’d forgotten.

Today’s word(s), neep, tumshie, and baigie, all mean the same thing. Turnip.

Mostly…

Okay, neep does mean turnip, but it also means a yokel, is a jokey word for head, and is also a word for a stupid person. Tumshie is a fun, colloquial name for turnip. And, baigie is the turnip with the purple top.

Well, that’s it for #Scotstober. Thank you all so much for joining me on this ride! See you soon. 😊

#Scotstober Day 30 #Mervaill

It’s the second last day of Scotstober! It’s been a challenge to keep up with doing the posts, getting my writing work done, and keeping up with comments and other blogs–sorry for being so lax on the last two, but I’ll be catching up in the coming days.

Today’s word is mervaill. As a noun, it means a marvelous act executed by divine or other supernatural means of agency, a wondrous act, a miracle. As an adjective, it means marvelous, wonderful. And, as a verb, it means to feel surprise, astonishment or admiration.

Here’s my response to the prompt (taken from Running The Asset):

Hit aye mervailled Trevor at sae mony ingined fowk manished tae scug their skeels fae the governments thai sert. He’d connecktit fower veecious murthers tae Gavan afore he’d boded him the bit.

And now in English.

It always astonished Trevor that so many talented people managed to conceal their skills from the governments they served. He’d connected four vicious murders to Gavan before he’d offered him the job.

#Scotstober Day 29 #Skreich

Today’s word, skreich, is pronounced skreech. The ‘ch’ at the end isn’t a hard k as it is in English, but the same soft, gutteral sound at the end of loch in Scots. It means screech, shriek, to yell out, a shrill cry.

Here’s my response to the prompt (taken from Running The Asset):

Hei oop, whar the lowe luntit maist sairly, ane o the firefighters oan the ledder ootside Rosa’s chaumer windae skreiched sumhin, bit Elle cuidnae mak hit oot. She didnae hae tae here the wirds tae ken thit thai’d fun Rosa’s corp.

And now in English.

High up, where the fire blazed most intensely, one of the firefighters on the ladder outside Rosa’s bedroom window yelled something, but Elle couldn’t make it out. She didn’t have to hear the words to know that they’d found Rosa’s body. 

#Scotstober Day 28 #Bauchle

Today’s word, bauchle, as a noun, means an old shoe, a worn-out person or thing, an untidy or clumsy person, and clumsy work. As a verb, it means to wear out shoes, walk clumsily, shamble, and jilt.

Well, that’s it for today’s #Scotstober post. See you tomorrow 😊

#Scotstober Day 27 #Sklent

Today’s word is sklent. As a verb, it means to move at a slant, to zigzag; to slope, to slant; to aim sideways; to look sideways, to squint. As a noun, it means slanting cut, slope, sideways movement, change of direction, sidelong glance. adjective: slanting

Here’s my response to the prompt (taken from Running The Asset):

Clamps soondit fae the wynd. Adam harled Elle intae heez airms an preesed hir agin the wa, makin shuir tae teug hir tap doon hir shouder. “Mak on ye dinnae laith me, or we’re deid.”

She maun hae seen the theif, acause Elle sklent hir mou agin heez. Hit wis taibitless. There wis nae radge i their connection, a fact at baith leepit him an left him caul.

And now in English.

Heavy footsteps sounded from the alleyway. Adam pulled Elle into his arms and pressed her against the wall, making sure to tug her top down her shoulder. “Pretend you don’t loathe me, or we’re dead.”

She must have seen the goon, because Elle slanted her mouth against his. It was without feeling. There was no passion in their connection, a fact that both warmed him and left him cold.

#Scotstober Day 26 #Guisin

Today’s word is guisin. Nowadays, it means dressing up and doing the doors at Halloween. In Scotland, the kids–and sometimes teenagers–dress up and go around all the houses and entertain you for sweets and coins.

How it usually goes is once the guisers get to the door, they ask what it is you want as your entertainment (a trick or a treat). The trick in Scots–in this context–is a joke. So, be prepared for a million renditions of the dentist joke. And the treat is a song, a poem, a dance.

Not heard the dentist joke? Check it out at the end of the post. (Remember, you asked for it. 🤦‍♀️ )

Back to the point. Guise means masquerade, to disguise. A guiser is someone who does those things. And for the purpose of this post, I’m using guisin to mean someone who is disguising who they really are. (This is how my family used the word–typically when shouting at politicians on the TV.)

Here’s my response to the prompt (taken from Running The Asset):

Trevor stappit oot o the lift intae the sicker bit o the entry. Gavan wis waitin on him. The man wis a assaill dug wi amaist nae sel maun whan hit cam tae bangstrie. Heez bleck shuit an tie makit him luik lik a buriar. Gien Gavan’s skeels, Trevor jaloused he wis.

Gavan convoyit him oot tae the bleck Mercedes Benz i the siker caur pairk, an heeld the door apen fir him, lik the chauffeur he wis guisin is.

And now in English.

Trevor stepped out of the lift into the secure area of the lobby. Gavan was waiting for him. The man was an attack dog with almost no self-control when it came to violence. His black suit and tie made him look like a funeral director. Given Gavan’s skills, Trevor supposed he was.

Gavan escorted him out to the black Mercedes Benz in the secure car park, and held the door open for him, like the chauffeur he was mascerading as.

A Man Goes to the Dentist Joke

If it doesn’t translate well, it’s time for me to ruin the joke by explaining it. You see, “Comfy?” sounds exactly the same as cum fae? which is Scots for where do you come from? And, Glesga is Scots for Glasgow.

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