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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

 

 

REEKIN LUM 27/02/2017

by Linda - 01:01 on 27 February 2017

REEKIN LUM = SMOKING CHIMNEY

I suspect that many of you will already be familiar with this phrase in the context of Hogmany when it is part of a New Year's wish: 'lang may yer lum reek'!  It conjures up images of people around a cosy open heath with a cheerful fire - a nice thing to wish for someone's new year.

I hope that you like this painting I chose to illustrate a smoking chimney (even though you will need to look closely for it!). It was painted by Edward Arthur Walton who was one of the 'Glasgow Boys' who were an informal group of about 20 painters who came together in the 1880s.

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