12 Guid Doric Phrases & Their Meanings
Learn how to speak like a local with these ‘rerr’ (really good) Doric words and their meanings. From ‘bosie’ to ‘bide’ and beyond, our guide to this colourful Scots dialect will help you make the most of your next visit to northeast Scotland!
Keep scrolling to learn more about some of our interesting Doric words, and have a listen to the recording to hear how they are pronounced too.
In Doric: Foo’re ye deein?
In English: How are you doing?
Doric speakers are a friendly bunch; expect to hear this a lot on your travels around the northeast!
In Doric: Far div ye bide?
In English: Where do you live?
Looking to answer this in Doric? You’re either a ‘toonser’ (live in a city) or a ‘teuchter’ (live in a rural area)!
In Doric: Dinna fash yersel.
In English: Don’t trouble yourself.
Just to keep you on your linguistic toes, ‘fash’ can also mean ‘fish’ in Doric!
In Doric: Cam ower an gie’s a bosie.
In English: Come over and give me a cuddle.
If in doubt, a big bosie can solve most problems.
In Doric: Like snaa aff a dyke.
In English: Like snow off a wall.
In the northeast, things like good butteries (a tasty, flaky, savoury bread roll) don’t ‘sell out quickly’; they go ‘like snaa aff a dyke!’
In Doric: Ye’re a sicht fer sair een.
In English: You’re a sight for sore eyes.
Freshly caught fish, a cold pint of craft beer, a world-famous Aberdeen Angus steak and delicious Cullen Skink are just some of the delights you’ll find in the northeast larder that will make you utter this phrase!
In Doric: If yer bradie’s ower het, ye’ll hae tae blaa it.
In English: If your bridie/pie is too hot, you’ll have to blow on it.
A warning heard in pastry shops throughout the northeast!
In Doric: Fit they deein doon the herbour wi aa thon crans an larries?
In English: What are they doing down at the harbour with all those cranes and lorries?
In the northeast, the harbour is the heart of many coastal towns and villages.
In Doric: It’s aye caul in Aiberdeenshire in November, myne an hap up!
In English: It’s always cold in Aberdeenshire in November, remember to wrap up!
As Scottish comedian Billy Connolly famously said, there’s no such thing as bad weather; just the wrong clothes!
In Doric: I’m fair trauchled
In English: I’m exhausted.
With so much to see and do in the northeast, this is how you’ll end up after a day of exploring!
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Scots, the ‘mither tongue’ that Doric forms part of, is just one of three native languages spoken in Scotland today, the other two being English and Scottish Gaelic.
Fancy learning more about our founding language? Check out our guide to Gaelic language and history!
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