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A wee countdown: 1

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… and to complete the countdown, here’s a word that’s unlikely to be heard in ‘real’ conversation today. The archival photograph is courtesy of my friends at the Buckie and District Fishing Heritage Centre in Scotland.

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farlins

meaning

large tubs or troughs containing herring ready for gutting

From Elemental:

There was also the screaming of hundreds of gulls circling above the farlins, and calls of Fill up! and Over here!

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Elemental will be available tomorrow from good bookshops, online booksellers and direct from UWA Publishing. Thanks for checking in!

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A wee countdown: 2

Nearly there! Today’s quote comes from the fraught world of sibling relationships—a case of foot-in-mouth. The mouth in question belongs to Meggie’s brother.

bonnie clip

meaning

good-looking girl

From Elemental:

Don’t ye be foolish, he said, and he seemed to be casting about for some reassuring word. Ye’re no bonnie clip, that’s true, but ye’re a hardworking quine an’ there’s lads who don’t take poorly to a fat face.

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If you’ve missed these, just click on the links: having a jamaica, chuckney, jeely pieces, laavie, quine, tammie noriepeenie and bubblyjock.

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A wee countdown: 3

Would you know a bubblyjock if you met one?

bubblyjock

meaning

turkey

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From Elemental:

I sidle in and look from one to the next. Granda, his face as scarlet as the comb on a bubblyjock. Ma, upset but tight-faced. Unty Jinna by the window, keeping a wary watch for anyone passing by.

Have you also mastered having a jamaica, chuckney, jeely pieces, laavie, quine, tammie norie, and peenie?

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A wee countdown: 4

Today’s snippet from Meggie might come in useful if you’ve had a hard night—or maybe if you’ve eaten too much chocolate (um, not that anyone round here would do that…).

peenie

meaning

tummy

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From Elemental:

Wasn’t that I didn’t like my cousins—oh, but that Liza! If she wasn’t whining she was prattling fit to give us all a pain in the peenie.

To catch up on other useful additions to your vocabulary, click on have a jamaica, chuckney, jeely pieces, laavie, quine, and tammie norie.

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A wee countdown: 5

Today’s little snippet comes from Lerwick, in the Shetlands.

tammie norie

meaning

puffin (local term)

Atlantic Puffin

From Elemental:

100_1186_2The cliff face is home to hundreds of puffins, hunkering down among the small mauve flowers—I don’t know their name—that cluster over rocks, sheltering burrows. Ye canna look at a tammie norie without smiling, Magnus Tulloch says, and I think: Aye, they are the strangest little things, birds that look as though they’ve been put together on the Lord’s day off by someone with a sense of humour—a hodgepodge thrown together with the bits left over from other birds, some I’ve only ever seen in The Class Book of the Natural World at school. Fat, stumpy bodies in black and white penguin clothes. The brightly tropic-coloured beaks of toucans. Enormous orange feet, webbed like a duck’s, splaying all ungainly as they come in to land on graceful eagle wings. Who could dream up anything as—what’s the word? Anything as preposterous as a puffin?

Click on the links to catch up with the meaning of having a jamaica, chuckney, jeely pieces, laavie and quine.

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A wee countdown: 6

Only six days to go until Elemental is in stores, and here’s today’s little language lesson.

quine, quinie

meaning

girl, young woman; ‘quinie’ is an affectionate form of the word

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From Elemental:

All the way from India, Kitta had told me in a hush of awe. All the quines wear silk in India. Their dresses an’ shawls, the scarves on their heads, even their drawers! And we looked at each other, trying to imagine such extravagance, such indulgence, and thinking what a scandalous, perfect place it must be, this place called India.

For more quick language lessons, click on the links for have a jamaica, chuckney, jeely pieces and laavie.

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A wee countdown: 7

An especially wee countdown, if you’ll pardon the pun. It’s down to basics for Meggie’s (easy) word of the day!

laavie

meaning

toilet

From Elemental:

But even if there had been a break allowed for the laavie, I would have held out still. You’d to be desperate to use the rough shelter with its panless seat open to the sea and in full view of returning boats. If your belly muscles weren’t strong when you arrived at Gremista, they were when you left.

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Click on the links to learn about having a jamaica, being plucked like a chuckney, and jeely pieces.

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