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A Definitive Guide to Edinburgh Slang

For any non-native visitor to Edinburgh, trying to understand the local lingo can be a headache worthy task. What’s are “Baffies” and who is this “Ken” chap every local seems to know? Fear not, here at Parliament House Hotel, we appreciate visiting a new city can be disorientating, so we’ve decided to compose for you, your very own definitive guide to Edinburgh slang.

The Edinburgh Slang Glossary

“Chum” – This word, contrary to popular belief, in actual fact means to accompany. An instance in which this terminology may be used would include, “Gonnae chum me tae the pictures?” (“Would you like to go to the cinema with me?”)

“Bucket” – This derivation is a little less out there and translates to a rubbish bin. An example of this terminology would be “Chuck that piece in the bucket.” (“Could you please put the sandwich in the bin?”)

“Ken” – A common phrase among locals, this is not the name of a popular man, but rather translates to the verb: to know. For instance, “Ken whit I mean?” would translate to “Do you know what I mean?”

“Shot” – If you find yourself taking part in a conversation featuring this term, fear not, nobody will brandish a water gun. This simply means to try something. For instance, “Gies a shot of yer new bike.” would translate to “Can I please try out your new bike?”

“Baffies” – Cosy, comfy and soothing to your feet, the term “Baffies” is in actual fact, colloquial for slippers.

“Barry” – Again, not another well-loved Edinburgh chap, but actually an expression for something that is considered fantastic or great.

“Cludgie” – A stodgy sounding term, the “Cludgie” is another term for a water closet or toilet.

“Feart” – This term is used express fear. For instance, “Am feart tae go oan that ghost tour!” would translate to “I am too scared to take that ghost tour!”

“Piece” – A piece is simply a local term for a sandwich. For instance, “Don’t forget your ham pieces!” means “Don’t forget your ham sandwiches!”

Understanding Edinburgh Slang

Here at Parliament House Hotel, we’ve had many years to adapt to the different accents of our guests, however we appreciate upon first arrival, exploring Edinburgh could be daunting. Thankfully, we’re on hand to give you a helping hand in understanding Edinburgh slang. Ready to experience the best of Edinburgh culture? Book onto one of our special offers today!

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