Saturday, 25 January 2020

A Wee Bit Of Scots Linguistic Whimsy For Burns Night 2020

DC Editor Adam writes…

This one is from the archive - reposting for Burns Night 2020. Have a great time everyone!…



A little bit of Scots linguistic whimsy for Burns Night, spotted way out west along the River Thames at Strand-on-the-Green…








… a fine vessel named the Peerie Dunter. Peerie being…



and Dunter meaning…



And so: A small eider duck.

Thanks to my handy Chambers Scots Dictionary for the definitions.

But peerie can also mean…




… a small comparatively small quantity of fluid such as a canal, say. And dunt is more commonly defined as…



(The dunt was the accepted modus operandi of the electrical layman who wished to get a clearer picture on his malfunctioning television set. At least it was when growing up in my house.)

Thus the Peerie Dunter is the perfect name for a canal boat that will inevitably, from time-to-time brush by – or dunt – the odd peerie – or duck – in a peerie. Hence the Peerie Dunter is a peerie dunter.



Sláinte!





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