Monday, 1 April 2013

Och Aye....I mean, A

So my lovely Plonkers, today the 2013 A to Z Blog Challenge begins!  How exciting is this.  A much-anticipated event and bigger blog hope in Bloggerville.

Just a wee reminder on how it all works : One blog post daily for each letter of the alphabet during the month of April 2013, starting with the letter A.

The theme of my A to Z Blog Challenge for 2013 is “All Things Scots”.

I will be introducing you to Scottish slang words and phrases as well as Scottish traditions and beautiful places of one of the most gorgeous places under the sun.

By the end of the challenge you should have a good understanding of the Scots dialect and I may even include some daft video tutorials, aren’t you lucky fekkin bastids?

First word and one of the most often used Scottish words....

“Aye”  

Pronounced:  eye



Definition:  adverb exclamation used to give an affirmative response.  Scottish way of saying yes.
Usage:  Ya awright there Jimmy?  Aye Ah'm fine.  how's yersel?

Translation:  Good morning my dearest James and I trust that you are doing well.
Yes, I am excellent. Dare, may I ask, how are you?

Origin: Old English ā; compare Latin aevum an age, Greek aion aeon, aiei ever, always.


And now on to the Gorgeous Scottish town or city beginning with the letter A
Aberdeen is Scotland's third most populous city, one of Scotland's 32 local government council areas and the United Kingdom's 29th most populous city, with an official population estimate of 220,420. Nicknames include the Granite City, the Grey City and the Silver City with the Golden Sands. During the mid-18th to mid-20th centuries, Aberdeen's buildings incorporated locally quarried grey granite, which can sparkle like silver due to their high mica contents.  The city has a beautiful long, sandy coastline

Aberdeen




29 comments:

Ghadeer said...

Allow me to say that the Scottish accent is the cutest!

Rebeccah Giltrow said...

Hahaha your translation is brilliant :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yes I have been to Scotland, but sadly did not visit Aberdeen...

YeamieWaffles said...

One of my best friends Darren went to university in Aberdeen and he absolutely loved the city. He worked in a Whetherspoons and got the chance to socialise with the people a lot and said they were amazing. Aye is also one of my favourite Scottish words, so much we've adopted it over here, great start to the challenge.

Brian Miller said...

would def love to visit scotland at some point....aye i would...smiles.

Jay Noel said...

Aye, but my favorite slang term you used was "plonkers."

Mark Means said...

I know next to nothing about Scotland...I can tell I'm going to get an education this month :)

Loved the 'translation', too....funny stuff :)

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

Thuroughly enjoyed the lesson of A - aye - eye...whatever. Where I come from that would be "yep". - Barbara
Life & Faith in Caneyhead

KrippledWarrior said...

aye aye makes i Navy slang, no?

Tracy Moore said...

Never been to Scotland but would love to go someday. Looking forward to reading more of your posts as the month goes by.

Paula said...

This will be fun!

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

I love to read a well-written Scottish accent.

Nagzilla said...

LOL! Thanks for the pronunciation and translation. Hope you'll be doing that for all the posts.

Hi from Nagzilla bloghopping A to Z

Nagzilla said...

Hmmm.. hopefully I don't comment twice. I had trouble before. Thanks for including both a pronunciation guide and a translation. Hopefully you'll continue those features during the challenge- very helpful!

Hi from Nagzilla bloghopping A to Z

Lara said...

This is a great theme for the challenge--looking forward to reading more!

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

Love it :) This will be one of my favorite A to Z blogs. Cheers!

J M Filipowicz said...

What a great topic. Looking forward to more.

Adriana Dascalu said...

Love the Scottish accent. waiting to learn more.

Mel said...

So brilliant! Reminds me of the lovely year I spent in Edinburgh. Thanks :)

Mina Burrows said...

I love your blog. When you get to K, will you post nothing but men in kilts? *sigh* That would be awesome!!!!

Zoe said...

Aye, you are correct both Aberdeen and Voddies in cake(we used peaches)are both fekkin'lovely...
Love your site! Want to be back in Scotland too. Zoe

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L. Diane Wolfe said...

The city is just gorgeous!

Julia Phillips Smith said...

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha -- loved the music video! Coming to you from New Scotland, otherwise known as Nova Scotia.

Sandy Campbell said...

Aye mate! I loved your post and at first didn't know if I was about to walk the plank! Scotland is a beautiful country, and thank you for sharing alittle history of your country with us!! www.sandysanderellasmusings.blogspot.com

The Glebe Blog said...

You've missed out the double positive that generally means a negative Gillian. Aye, right!

A Daft Scots Lass said...

@Gahdeer I'd beg to differ, but different strokes for different folks, right?

@Rebeccah Giltrow @Mark I proud myself with always been pretty accurate with my translations.

@Ninjalex Where did you go?

@Matthew I believe so...I guess a good word spreads fast.

@Brian Its a beautiful wee place.

@Jay and I still use it, daily, with love of course - with love

@Barbara @TracyMoore @Nagzilla @ATarkabarkaHölgy @JMFilipowicz @AdrianaDascalu @Mel @L.Diane Wolfe @JuliaPhillipsSmith @Sandy Campbell Thanx for visiting!

@KrippledWarrior aye, aye Captain :-)

@Michael you can hear it too, in my vlogs.

@MinaBurrows men in kilts! I may have to make a few minor adjustments to accommodate you. A fine idea!

@Zoe not for the shitty weather, though.

@GlebeBlog two positive remains a big fat positive.

J.L. Campbell said...

Aye, is a term we also use here, but I guess that's because or all the people who came over from British isles to work during slavery.

Heather M. Gardner said...

I've now traveled backwards through your awesome posts!

Great theme.

Heather

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