Tuesday, 2 April 2013

B is for Blether

Today's Scottish slang word is :


Pronounced: ble-thir

Definition :  n. person who chatters incessantly; one who babbles on and on.  verb - to engage in long-winded idle conversation 

Usage : That daft lassie cannie fekkin shut up, she's an awfy blether!

Translation:  Women must use twice as many words as men, because we have to repeat everything we say.

And in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland is Balmoral Castle, near the village of Crathie.  

Gorgeous innit?

Soon after the estate was purchased the existing house was found to be too small. It was demolished, and the current Balmoral Castle was completed in 1856. The architect was William Smith of Aberdeen, although his designs were amended by Prince Albert. The castle is an example of Scots Baronial architecture, and is classified by Historic Scotland as a category A listed building.  

Imagine playing footie on that lawn?

Braw Balmoral
One of my favourite comedians Billy Connolly


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Paula said...

I have known to blether!

Francene Stanley said...

You've held onto your Scotish roots--just a bit. I never blather. In fact, I'm known for saying too little. Nuff said.

The Glebe Blog said...

Ye canny beat a guid blether. The 'Big Yin' kens a' aboot that.

Then there's a great line from Burn's Tam O' Shanter that goes "A blethering, blustering, drunken blellum." 'Blellum' = an idle, indiscreet talker.
I'm surprised ye didnae go fir breeks lassie E.g "Ye canny tak the breeks aff a highland man"

Yer daen fine though.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Billy Connolly is a riot.
And the geek in me can imagine playing D&D in that castle...

Althea said...

I am constantly being called a blether but I don't think that's such a bad thing! I like your theme for this year! :) x

My Inner Chick said...

Mr. L says I "Blether," but I prefer to call it "spreading my wisdom."


sdk_2010 said...

Hey there, thanks for stopping by Smurfin' The Web. Have fun with the A-Z and hopefully I'll see you visit me again this month =)

Joshua said...

Get me onto the right topic and I will blether on. Topics include video games, Star Wars, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and quite a few others.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That castle is beautiful.

When I get really excited, I blether. I talk really fast already, so you can only imagine what I sound like.

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

"Women must use twice as many words as men, because we have to repeat everything we say." This just made my day :D

Texas Playwright Chick said...

Ah, that explains several of my friends! Blether, very cool word!

Loved the wee history lesson on Balmoral! Very interesting!

Lara said...

Great word--now I just have to find an excuse to use it! :)

Nagzilla said...

I love your usage comments! And I have been known to blether. Keep it up. Love stopping by!

Al Penwasser said...

My uncle's wife (which would make her my aunt) is from Dunoon (my uncle was a sailor stationed at the Holy Loch sub base). We kids used to love listening to her speak, although sometimes we had no idea what she was talking about.
I understood, "Don't get yer knickers in a knot" and "Your bum's out the window", but we never figured out what she was saying when she called my brothers and I "daft blethers." Now I know.
I am so gonna kick that elderly woman right in the bum.

Zoe said...

Thanks for lovin'me wee small doggie! He is a luv! I do love your blog! Zoe

Jay Noel said...

Now that's a great word.

And that castle reminds me of Hogwarts, only more cheery.

TaMara Sloan said...

We joke that my 5 year old talks incessantly; now I have a word for it. :)

Tales of a Pee Dee Mama

Botanist said...

Ah, so that's the Scots spelling, is it? We had "blather", as in "what the 'eck are you blatherin' about?"

I love Billy Connolly too!

Andrew Leon said...

That's an AWESOME castle!
I'll have to come back for more Scottish slang words.
Speaking of that women speaking more than mean thing, "they" think they found the bit of the brain that causes that, but I'm not remembering what it was. Darn, now I'll have to find that article again.

A Daft Scots Lass said...

@Paula @Althea You and me both, sista!

@FranceneStanley I don't think they'll every go away...

@GlebeBlog Ye cannae talk the breeks af a Teuchter coz he disnae wear breeks, ye daftie!

@Ninjalex your geekier than I thought LOL

@MyInnerChick I like that! I like it very much. Spread the wisdom...

@sdk_2010 @Texas Playwright Chick @Lara Thanx for poppin by!

@Joshua will visit soon.

@Zoe glad you came back!

@L. Diane Wolfe gingers have a tendency to do that.

@A Tarkabarka Hölgy its so perfectly true, though.

@Nagzilla as long as you can read it and make sense of it.

@Al Penwasser I'll bet she was an old blether too.

@Jay and just as haunted too.

@TaMara Sloan that can be treated with medication. Kidding!

@Botanist He's a fekking riot!

@Andrew Leon I'll be waiting...

Claire Hennessy said...

Omg I f**king love Billy Connolly. That was hysterical. The image of that old woman running down the wrong fork at 70mph never to be seen again. Had me laughing out loud.

Heather M. Gardner said...

Mr. Connolly is a god among men. My husband and I still quote his comedy special from 1990 w/ Whoopie Goldberg. It was the first we had seen him and we have never laughed harder. Then he did The X-Files movie and became one of my favorite people...ever.



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