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12. Exclamations and ‘markers’
Scots has a remarkable range of colourful exclamations, several derived from religious phrases e.g. michtie (Almighty God!), crivvens (Christ defend us!), fegs (Faith!). A few other common ones are:
|Ach! impatienceAwa wi ye! disbelief
Ay ay disbelief
Blethers! Bletheration! disbelief
Caa cannie! Watch out!
Gaun yersel! Go/come on!
Guid kens! puzzlement
|Haud on! Stop!Hievens! wonder
Hish! Be quiet!
Mercie me! surprise
Wheesht! Be quiet!
Yer grannie! disbelief)
You really know you are a Scots speaker when you start saying these spontaneously. Oh and don’t forget real Scots shout Heech!, Hooch! or Heuch! whenever dancing to a reel.
These are important wee words and short phrases dropped into speech to establish a rapport between the speakers and generally keep the conversation going.
Ye ken, och weel, A’m seein him the morn onieweys, like.
Scots markers include words phrases such as
ken (often in a final position)
Like (in a final position as in the example) is also a common marker in some dialects but thought of as ‘colloquial’.