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 31 October 2016
NEEP = SWEDE
A neep is a staple root vegetable of the Brassica family which is enjoyed both by people and by cattle and sheep. Neeps are variously called swedes, rutabagas or turnips in other parts of the world. When mashed (or more usually, bashed) with salt, pepper and butter, they feature on Burn's Night as an accompaniement to haggis.
They also feature in my favourite bothy balad of The Muckin o' Geordie's Byre (see the previous entry for 'graip).
And a further use of neeps over the centuries is as lanterns on Halloween to ward off evil spirits!