Maggie — Animals in Scots #16

Hi all 😁 The maggie (magpie) is today’s feature on Animals in Scots.

Other names for the maggie are pyot, and deil’s burd. I agree with the last term; having seen them hassling cats, other burds and skwurrels!

All the Scots words for these posts are taken from The Concise English-Scots Dictionary, by the Scottish National Dictionary Association. The words chosen will be the generally accepted term, but as in all languages there are regional variations, as well as sub-species variations. For example, an owl is generally known as a hoolet in Scots, but an ool in Shetland & the NE. A barn owl is a white hoolet & a long eared owl, a hornnie hoolet.

Hae a guid day 😁

3 thoughts on “Maggie — Animals in Scots #16

  1. I’m really enjoying this series of posts. I guessed this one today. I remember a Loony Tunes cartoon that featured Porky Pig fighting a flock of magpies. Since then, I’ve always loved them. There’s a scene where Porky thinks he’s listening to the radio, but a magpie is actually inside saying, “Be kind to the magpie…” Porky starts to cry. It’s hilarious. LOL


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