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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

 

 

GREET 22/08/16

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.

 

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