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
DINNA FASH YERSEL 20/02/2017
by Linda - 01:01 on 20 February 2017
DINNA FASH YERSEL = DON'T GET UPSET
The Scots have long had a useful phrase to calm a person caught up in a fraught situation: 'dinna fash yersel'! The literal meaning is 'don't make yourself angry', but is frequently used in the sense of keep calm, don't get upset, even keep cool! I chose this photo to show someone who has obviously taken this good advice.
Fash can also be used as a verb to make someone else annoyed or troubled. In this sense it is the same as the French word 'fâcher' (pronounced fashay), and is perhaps yet another example of the strong connections between Scotland and France.