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 Glaswegian words beginning : Y
 
Glaswegian English Example and Translation
Ya Beauty Exclamation of delight (similar to the more modern Ya Dancer) Ah broke ma leg, nae school for two weeks. Ya beauty!

Ya Dancer

Exclamation of delight used when something really good happens to a Ned. (And let’s face it - in the life of a Ned this is a very rare occurrence and must be celebrated.)

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“Oh ya dancer I jist wun two quid”.

 

 

What a lucky person I am - I put on a tenner on the Instant Lottery and I have managed to get a ticket with a £2 prize.

Yah You   
Yap Talk incessantly. Your burd fair yaps on a lot so she does.
Yap-nap A period of time when a woman is silent - measured in nano-fortnights. [smm] Ur ye huvin' a yap-nap or huv ye dropped deed?

 

The wife takes a wee yap-nap while I watch the footie . . .

bondage gagged girl girls women

Ye You  
Yer Your / You are  
Yersel Yourself It's yersel so it is.
Ye's You  
Yin One Ah'll take that yin wae the yellow bells oan it.
Yon Them / That / Those See yon burd - she's a proper minger.

That gorgeous girl over there refuses to go out with me.

 

By Yon Bonnie Banks - John Mcdermott

By yon bonnie banks and by yon bonnie braes,
Where the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond.
Where me and my true love were ever wont to gae
On the bonnie, bonnie banks O' Loch Lomond.

Refrain:
O ye'll tak' the high road and I'll tak' the low road,
An' I'll be in Scotland afore ye;
But me and my true love will never meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks O' Loch Lomond.

'Twas there that we parted in yon shady glen,
On the steep, steep side O' Ben Lomon',
Where in purple hue the Hieland hills we view,
An' the moon comin' out in the gloamin'
Refrain:

The wee birdies sing and the wild flow'rs spring,
And in sunshine the waters are sleepin';
But the broken heart it kens nae second spring,
Tho' the waefu' may cease frae their greetin'.
Refrain:
 

Yonks A long time age Ah huvnae seen ma maw for yonks.

I have not seen my mother since that time I borrowed £200.

Yon time Some ill remembered vague time. Dae ye remember yon time we all goat bluttered an' fell in the Nollie?
Young team A young ned gang. The streets of Glasgow have become safer since most of the Ned gangs have found that tiddlywinks is a much more enjoyable way of venting their anger.

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Youse or Yous Used as plural of you  
Yur Your
 


From Why Did the Haggis Cross the Road?

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Drinking whisky will make you to dance like a retard.
Drinking whisky may result in pregnancy.
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Drinking whisky may leave you wondering what happened to your bra and panties.
Drinking whisky will make even your spouse look sexy.
Drinking whisky will make you more attractive to the opposite sex – but only if they’re drinking twice as much as you.
 

Why Did the Haggis Cross the Road?

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Ya Beauty

Ya Dancer

Yah

Yap

Yap-nap

Ye

Yer

Yersel

Ye's

Yin

Yon

Yonks

Yon time

Young team

Youse or Yous

Yur

 

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