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Glaswegian or Scottish Word: Irn Bru (BarrBru)

English Meaning : Irn Bru (BarrBru) cordial noun Irn Bru is a mild citrus drink that tastes like old rusting girders. Nevertheless despite competition from Buckfast, Tennents Lager, Carlsburg Special, Bad Jelly, Metz, Black Jack , Grolsch, and countless others, Irn-Bru is the Ned’s ‘other national drink’. [From Ned Speak by Stuart McLean]

Example / Translation of example:

Yer Other National Drink by Stuart McLean

O Whit’ll ye hae for drinking, for drinking, for drinking?
Whit’ll ye hae for drinking?
Ah’ll hae an Irn-Bru.

There’s monie a tipple in this land,
Beer an’ vodka an’ Buckie too,
But when Ah’m no drinking whisky,
Ah’d rather hae Irn-Bru.

Ah’d never take a sip o’ gin,
And cider makes me sick,
So when Ah want tae quench a thirst,
The Barrbru dis the trick.

Ye ken its made frae girders,
Stolen oot o’ building sites,
And then its mixed wae necter,
For a taste that aye delights.

So when yer next at the shops,
Pick up a jumbo pack,
Or better still, make that two,
Tae save ye rushing back.
[From No' Rabbie Burns by Stuart McLean]

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