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 30 January 2017
SPURTLE = STICK FOR STIRRING PORRIDGE
"If a job is worth doing, then it is worth using the correct tool!" This is excellent advice which I do try to follow. And for this reason, I am proud to say that among my kitchen tools is a lovely hand-turned wooden spurtle. As you can see from the photo, a spurtle is a shortish round stick, and is just the job for stirring a nice thick porridge. Of course it may be pressed into use for other purposes, such as stirring thick soups. Apparently spurtles have been staple items in the Scots kitchen since the 15th century. Traditionally they have thistles carved at the top. (They make a very nice souvenir from Scotland!)