This list is by no means exhaustive and complete. If you've any other Glasgow Patter or Glasgow Banter you want to add, feel free to send them my way in the Contact Form, and I'll add them in as soon as I get round to it.
A huge point to bear in mind when you're trying to learn Glasgow Patter, all the old tenement sayings, is that a lot of the time when you hear Glaswegians speak, you'll hear us put words together to form one-word sentences. For example,whitzatawabootbyraway? (what is that all about, by the way?), so if you want to learn how to understand Glasgow sayings, start listening to your favourite music at double speed and in time you'll catch up!
You'll also note when you hear Glasgow sayings, people talking in the street, that we tend to change i's to u's (flirt to flurt), l's to w's (full up to feww up), th's to r's (the to re), and with words ending in 'air' or 'are' (like stair or fare) we'll change the ending to 'err' (as in sterr or ferr).
Our regular use of the glottal stop in Glasgow sayings also confuses most non-Glaswegians, in other words missing out the 't' in words which contain it, and I can only really describe it by asking you to speak a word like patter, by breaking it into two parts & not pronouncing the t's (so it would sound like pah-ur, and you'd have to say both parts of that very quickly together to get the correct effect).
I'll stop there though because I could go on and on about this - it's like being back in class! Just click back to my page on Glasgow Patter & you'll see a link to a brilliant article that goes into more detail about our dialect, and so without further ado...
|Either fantastic (she's a wee stoater so she is), or to stagger (he stoatered up the road)
|Exclamation of glee or happiness, eg. when your team scores a goal (you can also use "ya dancer!")
|Pale, sickly, average skin tone of Glaswegians (he looks affy peely wally)
|Bad-tempered, in a bad mood (check oot the crabbit face)
|To look miserable, disgruntled (also torn face can be used)
|Annoyed, weighed down (ah'm pure scunnered so ah um)
|Shut up, be quiet (haud yer wheesht pal!)
|By the way, normally added at end of sentences where point being made (haw that's ma parkin space byraway)
|Away you go, used when you don't believe something (awayyego, that's never your parkin space byraway!)
|Lose the rag
|Lose my temper (ah'm beginnin tae lose the rag wi you)
|Jings Crivvens help ma boab!
|Exclamation of distress (Jesus Christ, help me God!)
|Ah huvnae a scooby
|I really don't know (scooby being short for Scooby Doo, rhyming slang for clue - I don't have a clue)
|It's baltic in here
|It's very cold in here
|Small, wee, tiny
|Yer bum's oot ra windae
|Your bum is out of the window, ie. you have no chance of succeeding
|Go on yourself, a motivating comment
|Someone who raids bins & trash for things people have thrown away
|At the back of, as in ah'll get ye arrabacka six - at some point after 6 o'clock
|Toilet, restroom (whaursyercludgieweefulla?), refers to old tenements where the toilet was in the common garden outside your flat!
|Child, pronounced waine, also called bairn
|Drain hole with cast iron cover
|Game of marbles using the holes in the stank lid
|Tell-tale, someone who tells someone's secrets
|Ra baw's up the slates
|The ball is up on the roof, ie. you cannot reach something - an unattainable goal
|Beat, win (we'll tank yous re night)
|Drunk, also known as blootered or bevvied (unsurprisingly, we've got legions of words related to drink!)
|Lads & Lassies
|Boys & Girls, Men and Women
|Jimmy & Hen
|Where you don't know someone's name, men are called Jimmy (or Mac), women are called Hen
|Dinnae teach yer grannie tae suck eggs
|Don't teach something to someone who already knows it
|Discussion, as in have a natter, a blether
|Wise, clever (aye, he's a canny lad mind)
|Head off, move away (ah pure boostit oota ther pronto)
|Nothing (that's worth hee haw byraway!)
|Maw & Paw
|Mum and Dad
|Rubbish tip / bin, also used to describe what state a place is in (yer room's a pure midden - clean it noo afore ah skelp ye!)
|Shopping (I'm awa fur ma messages)
|Shoot the craw
|Leave in a hurry, also describes drivers who race to beat the red light (look at that numpty shootin the craw)
|Laldy / Welly
|Put your heart & soul into it, used when you're encouraging someone to try their best (gie it laldy son, gie it some welly)
|Lang may yer lum reek
|Long may your chimney smoke - salutation of prosperity & long life
|Awa an bile yer heid
|Go away and boil your head!
|Wur aw Jock Tamson's bairns
|We're all God's children, born equal
So if you've any more Glasgow sayings, phrases or words you'd like me to include here, please send them to me and I'll get them up as quickly as I can. There aren't too many Glasgow sayings here at the moment because I've just not had the time, so any assistance would be much appreciated.