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Scottish cringe

Scottish cringe  n.— «Over the past week, as it became clear a decision on Megrahi’s future was imminent, many Scottish pundits and opposition politicians were consumed by what is called the Scottish cringe—the idea that some decisions are...

Scottish disease

Scottish disease  n.— «Where MS comes from and what triggers it remains a mystery, but it is believed to be at least partly hereditary. It is sometimes known as the “Scottish disease” as this country has the highest...

fearty

fearty  n.— Note: The Dictionary of the Scots Language also includes the spelling feardie.  «Independence is the big question behind current Scottish politics. If unionists avoid asking it, they look like what the Scots call...

Scottish cocktail party

Scottish cocktail party  n.—Gloss: A jocular, possibly nonce, term for “a fight.” «If I get into a Scottish cocktail party with a business, I commonly ask for a written letter of apology.» —“Did eBoost Media customer...

wendy

wendy  v.— «Misogyny, anti-intellectualism, vindictive political opponents, an out-of-control press—the resignation of Wendy Alexander as leader of the Labour party at Holyrood offers something to everyone with a thesis about the loss of...

first laddie

first laddie  n.—Gloss: Bill Clinton’s jocular suggestion for the title of a female president’s husband. «Hillary is taking this experiment to its extreme and logical conclusion, by attempting to become the first female...