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The Scots language has a rich tradition, and abounds with marvellous words. This blog will regularly 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!  

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.

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