Monthly Archives: April 2013


One interesting word I’ve heard people using in Shetland is shoogle [ʃogl; ʃugl; ʃʌgl; ʃʌugl], which means; – to sway, move unsteadily, to rock, wobble, swing; – to shake, joggle, to cause to totter or rock, to swing backwards and forwards; – to jog along, move with little unsteady jerks; to shuffle in walking It […]

English, Language, Scots 6 Comments

Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Can you identify the language, and do you know where it’s spoken?

Language, Quiz questions 6 Comments

Staying, stopping and living

I noticed recently that in Scottish English and Scots people use the word stay to mean that you live in a place, i.e. that you live there on a permanent or long-term basis. When I hear this I usually know what is meant from the context, but it can be ambiguous at times, as to […]

English, Language, Scots, Words and phrases 5 Comments

Partners, other halves and significant others

There was some discussion last night at the polyglot conversation group about the words boyfriend and girlfriend and their equivalents in other languages, particularly in Dutch. In English the words boyfriend and girlfriend seem to indicate someone who is relatively young, so don’t seem quite appropriate for use by more mature couples when referring to […]

Dutch, English, Language, Welsh, Words and phrases 13 Comments
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