May 20, 2024


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Who explained these Scots words and phrases and phrases in the Household of Commons to start with?

Scots has been spoken in Scotland for many hundreds of years and a conservative estimate puts speakers nowadays at around 1.5 million, spread across the size and breadth of the state.

In simple fact, it’s recognised as the premier minority language in the British isles, regardless of it not becoming officially figured out, taught or standardised in any way.

Its reputation is obvious on the streets of Aberdeen, Dundee and Glasgow – but it’s also bought a put at the coronary heart of the British establishment.

Scots text have been uttered in the Household of Commons on hundreds of occasions about the hundreds of years – beneath we choose a seem at who said some of the a lot more effectively recognised phrases and terms initial.

Peelie-wally/pale or sick-hunting

Former Scottish Secretary Donald Dewar to start with made use of this phrase in a 1995 debate on John Major’s approach for jobseekers.

John Key.

Mr Dewar reported: “The national insurance policies getaway for people who have been unemployed for two several years is a peelie-wally little attempt to deal with a real dilemma. It is really worth about £6 a week. That is the incentive. Absolutely the Governing administration who invented the countrywide lottery can do greater than that.”


Aberdeenshire West MP Russell Fairgrieve applied the phrase dreich in reference to SNP plans for Scotland to be unbiased in Europe.

Mr Fairgrieve, speaking to the Scottish Secretary, stated: “Will he assure us that he will resist the dreich and dreary separatist procedures and concepts of the Scottish National Celebration and other recently-launched European vocalists who would like us to operate in the European institutions as 5 million people — placing us on a par with Denmark and Ireland — rather of as at present, with the 55 million United Kingdom muscle mass, with Germany and France?”

Scunnered/dislike or fed up

Greenock MP Dr Dickson Mabon utilised the phrase to start with in 1959 in a discussion on condition-aided colleges.

Dr Dickson noticed: “In my constituency a price-paying out faculty has a really very good track record, but it is a very well-known reality that the area large faculty, which is not rate-having to pay, has a better academic conventional at the second.

“If the persons develop into scunnered, MPs reverse will discover it challenging to oppose a Labour Authorities on this concern if they propose to deal when and for all with the Scottish position.”

Stookie/a plaster cast

Previous 1st minister Alex Salmond threw this phrase at authorities ministers in 1993 in a fury about funding for Scotland.

Addressing junior Scotland Office ministers he claimed: “His position through the debate appears to be to have been to sit like a stookie, declaring unquestionably practically nothing.

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Former Scottish very first minister Alex Salmond.

“When it has been pointed out that the whole assistance funds of the Scottish Workplace is value a third of what it was value when the Federal government took office environment, the Minister has wriggled uncomfortably in his seat.”


Glasgow Springburn MP Frederick Macquisten to start with made use of the phrase in the Commons chamber 1919 in a debate on trade unions.

Mr Macquisten was defending the appropriate of employees to cast mystery ballots when contemplating strike action, without which he warned there would probably be more strikes.

He mentioned: “It is typically the situation in regard to a trade dispute where by you have an open up ballot that the British doing the job gentleman, who is like all Britishers, 1 of the most pugnacious animals in the earth — they are all what we simply call in Scotland, “Thrawn, a bit” — is impelled by the pretty simple fact of an situation remaining set in advance of him in this way to say, ‘is this heading to be a fight then I am on the facet of war’.”

Mony a mickle maks a muckle/Glance following the pennies and the pounds appear immediately after on their own

Big Bertie Leighton MP initial applied the phrase in a discussion in 1943.

The Oswestry MP designed the comment in a discussion on funding for woodland upkeep and the want not to forget about more compact wooded areas.

He mentioned: “There will have to be in England a quite massive number of small woodlands, and we need to not overlook that ‘mony a mickle maks a muckle’.”

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