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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 word with its English equivalent. I hope that you will enjoy them as much as I do!

Linda Gilmore Sutherland

 

 

BESOM 20/01/2017

by Linda - 01:01 on 13 March 2017

BESOM = BROOM OFTEN MADE OF TWIGS

A besom is a traditional broom made of twigs tied together.  In fact nowadays it can refer to any type of broom.  The word features in the chorus of the bothy balad, the Muckin o Geordie's Byre: 'When the graip wis tint, the besom wis deen,...' (see the entry for 29 August 2016 where you will find a link to all the words of this balad together with a short glossary).

But beware - this word is also used as a word of contempt for a disreputable woman!