These Scottish Insults Have Been Officially Added To The Dictionary

It’s a well known fact that Scottish people have the best insults, which is why it’s about time that some of them have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

Some of the words added include ‘bawbag’ – which, to anyone who’s not Scottish, translates as ‘scrotum’ – as well as ‘bam’, ‘bampot’ and ‘bamstick’, which basically are just ways of describing someone who’s annoying or a bit of a dick.


Other Scottish words to be added are ‘bidie-in’ and ‘bigsie’. Credit: OED

Other words included are ‘roaster’, ‘tube’ and ‘sprag’ – although all of them are just different ways of saying the same thing. As the Urban Dictionary nicely sums up, they’re generally used to describe ‘someone who is making a complete c*** of themselves’.

Also now officially a word is ‘Weegie’ – someone from Glasgow.

Outside of the fascinating world of Scottish slang, other words to be newly included are ‘chuff’ – which the dictionary says is ‘the female pubic hair’ or ‘the female genitals’ – and also ‘titty bar’, which… well, you can probably figure that one out.

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This is what a titty bar is. Credit: OED

The word ‘sprunt’ is now in there, which means to date, and the word ‘barb’, which is short for barbiturate – possibly due to the rise in the use of medications like Valium and Xanax.

There have been about 650 different words and phrases added, many of which are indicative of language becoming more inclusive, which can’t be a bad thing.

There have been about 650 different words and phrases added, many of which are indicative of language becoming more inclusive, which can’t be a bad thing.

The word ‘misgender’ is used to describe the action of addressing someone by the wrong pronoun – such as ‘he’ or ‘she’; important in these enlightened times – and also the additions of ‘zir’, ‘hir’ and ‘peoplekind’ as alternatives.

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There have also been words added for new, weird types of dog that have come about as the result of crossbreeding. Maltipoo is a new one – a mix between a Maltese terrier and a miniature or toy poodle. Then there’s Puggle, a dog cross-bred from a pug and a beagle, and a Dorgi – a cross between a dachshund and a corgi.

A puggle – cute, but why are we making weird breeds of dogs. Credit: PA

One of the most unexpected phrases to be added, though, is the verb ‘to get off at Edge Hill’.

As the dictionary points out, you can replace Edge Hill with Gateshead, Redfern or other regional variations here – the destination isn’t the important thing.

As the OED’s Jonathan Dent explained: “This jokey linguistic meme uses the idea of disembarking – a sexually suggestive ‘getting off’ – at the last stop before the terminus of a railway line.

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Edge Hill Station. Credit: Google Maps

“The appropriately precipitous sounding Edge Hill is the penultimate station on the only line into Liverpool Lime Street, but there are multiple local variations in British and English – getting off at Gateshead rather than Newcastle, Haymarket rather than Edinburgh Waverley, and so on.”

To put it simply, it means ‘to pull out’ – embellished in fancier terms by the OED as: “To engage in coitus interruptus; to withdraw the penis from the vagina before ejaculation.”

Should probably point out here that this isn’t an effective method of contraception whatsoever, but still – an impressive bit of wordplay nonetheless.

Written by: Amelia Ward

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