The Scots language has a rich tradition, and abounds with marvellous words. Each week this blog will show a different Scots or Gaelic word with its English equivalent. I hope that you will enjoy them as much as I do!
Linda Gilmore Sutherland
by Linda - 01:01 on 22 August 2016
GREET = WEEP; LAMENT; COMPLAIN; GRUMBLE
The verb to Greet in Scots has a quite different meaning from greet in English. It conveys unhappiness, and has various related forms such as Greetin (weeping) which may be either a noun or an adjective. Here are some examples:
Dinna Greet = don't cry.
Greetin Teenie = a cry-baby or a person who is always complaining.
Greetin face = a person who habitually looks miserable
Greetin Meetin = a farewell meeting, often used by town councils or clubs. This is usually followed by a greeting meeting, in the English sense to welcome a new council - a fun play on words.