Day 6 Leading up to Disney Pixar’s “Brave” Release June 22!

To prepare you for the release of “Brave” tomorrow, I have decided you need to learn some Scottish Lingo!


A blue dye extracted from a cabbage-type plant used by inhabitants of ancient Scotland to paint their bodies  v  Lord MacGuffin and Young MacGuffin paint their bodies in blue wode to proclaim that they are ready for battle at any moment.


BRAE     Hill


BUNCH OF GALOOTS    Many fools

  • galoot = clumsy, oafish person



A Celtic trumpet with a bell shaped like a boar’s head. Held vertically so it can be heard in large crowds, a carnyx was used during wartime to send troops into battle.   v  In “Brave,” it signals the start of the Highland Games.


CRIVENS, YOU’RE FIERCE   Wow! You’re cool or ferocious or tough!

  • crivens = expression of surprise or shock


DANCING TATTY BOGLE   An expression that describes something outlandish or imaginary

  • tatty = shabby, cheap
  • bogle, boggle or bogill = ghost or folkloric being


DORIC   A dialect from the Aberdeenshire region in Scotland

v  Elgin native Kevin McKidd (voice of MacGuffin and Young MacGuffin), who learned Doric from his grandfather, proposed to filmmakers for Young MacGuffin to speak the incomprehensible dialect in “Brave.”


DREADFUL COLLYWOBBLES    Unwanted stomachache or a bad case of the nerves

  • collywobbles = upset stomach; intestinal disturbances or a feeling of apprehension


FOR NAUGHT     For no reason


FINISH WHAT HE GUDDLED IN THE FIRST PLACE     Fix, clean up or otherwise remedy something that’s been horribly mishandled.

  • guddle = make a mess of it


GAMY SPELL    An unfortunate bit of magic

  • gamy = bad


GLEN    Small, narrow, secluded valley


GOOGLY OLD HAG      Outlandish, unattractive senior

  • googly = strange, odd


GIANT HAVING A JIGGER IN THE BLUEBELLS    Similar to Dancing Tatty Bogle, something that’s absurd or fantastical


HAGGIS     Though some will joke that a haggis is a small animal native to Scotland, it is actually a traditional Scottish pudding made with sheep’s heart, liver and lungs, encased in a sheep’s stomach and cooked for several hours. Often served with “neeps and tatties” (turnips and potatoes).


HIGHLAND GAMES      Festivals that celebrate Scottish and Celtic culture and heritage, especially that of the Scottish Highlands. Includes competitions in piping and drumming, dancing, archery, caber tossing, stone put and other Scottish athletics, plus entertainment and exhibits.





Exclamation of bewilderment or exasperation


KILT     A pleated and draped tartan fabric garment worn by Scottish men

v  During the production of “Brave” director Mark Andrews and several animators wore kilts to work on Fridays—dubbed Kilt Fridays—to get in the spirit of Scotland and the film’s characters.


LASS    Girl


LAD     Boy


LOCH    Lake


MANKY DOGS    Unsavory person or being

  • manky = dirty, worthless or in bad taste


MICHTY ME     Wow! Holy cow!

An exclamation of surprise, shock or being overwhelmed


NUMPTY    Useless individual


NUT ‘EM     Head-butt ‘em


SCAFFY WITCH      A tricky or slick being with magical powers

  • scaffy = trickster


SCARED SIMPERIN’ JACKANAPES    Belittling description of a goofy and unworthy opponent

  • ·         simpering = silly smile
  • jackanape =  an insulting reference to a monkey or ape; a braggart; a mischievous child


SCUTTLE THE VIKING LONGSHIPS     Sink Viking ships by making holes in the bottom


STUFF HER GOB    Eat with abandon

  • gob = mouth


TARTAN    A specially designed woven fabric that identifies a clan. April 6th is National Tartan Day in the United States.


TOSSING CABERS     A test of strength and skill seen in Highland Games in which the competitor raises a pole vertically with the small end down, and then throws it

  • Caber = a long, tapered section of a tree trunk


TUMSHIE     Turnip… or foolish person. Or both.


WEE     Small



  • bile yer heed (boil your head) = don’t be ridiculous. Also used as an exclamation if someone is doing something stupid and it’s annoying

v  In “Brave” King Fergus sings what he’ll do to the demon bear Mor’du when he catches him to avenge his lost leg. Not only will he boil his head, but he’ll add dumplings to make a bear stew.


WILL O’ THE WISPS     Ghostly lights or small blue spirits that lead the way to treasure or doom.

v  In “Brave,” the will o’ the wisps lead Merida to change her fate.


Well it seems to me you and yours should be all set to  See “Brave” on the morrow!  I will have my review of “Brave” for you then. I could go on and on about this movie (Oh wait! I have!).


(did ya miss the goodies from previous days?

Here is day 1 – 

and day 2 with the “Brave” activity book  is here )

Day 3 with Scotch Egg Recipe is here

Day 4 with Bear Claws and some Dancin’

Day 5  with Trivia

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