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What's Your Scotword?

VisitScotlandLiamVisitScotlandLiam Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
What makes you proud to live in Scotland in one word?  That was the question asked to Scotland's young people in December last year and of the thousands and thousands of nominations, the list was whittled down to seven words.

The most popular favourite Scottish words were:


From that seven, the public were asked to vote on their favourite.  So, according to you - the people of Scotland - the nation's favourite word to describe how proud they are to live in Scotland is...


If you were watching or were even involved in the torchlight procession in Edinburgh on Hogmanay, you'll have seen the Scotword being spelt out in Holyrood Park to kick-start the Year of Young People 2018 here in Scotland!

My question to you all is if you agree!  What other words describe how proud you are to live here in Scotland!
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  • FullStopNextChapterFullStopNextChapter VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    Blimey, what a question! I moved to Scotland just over two years ago and I am incredibly proud to live here. It's definitely my hame now. To that list I would add Friendly too. I love the word Braw and it's well suited to the people and the country too.
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  • VisitScotlandMurielVisitScotlandMuriel Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    I like #wee myself!! Don't think it made it to the list though... 
  • DMWScotlandDMWScotland VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    Diverse, Alive and Welcome are Scottish words? ...

    I'm with @VisitScotlandMuriel! I use 'wee' a lot, even in my writing. Another one I like is 'naw'. I don't say it often though, depends who I'm speaking to :)
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  • VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    As someone who moved here from New Zealand, I can definitely testify that the words 'friendly' and 'welcoming' are incredibly fitting.

    Have to say I love that Braw is the winning word though!
    Kiwi gal, relocated to Scotland. 
  • I like the word Bonnie but I think Scotland is more than just a bonnie place  :)
  • VisitScotlandPatriciaVisitScotlandPatricia Member, Moderator
    I think all the seven words describe Scotland perfectly.
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  • Scotland is indeed Braw, but I think there is one more word for the list.

    My Spanish friend was working as a tour Guide in Edinburgh last year, and after one very rainy day taking Spanish tourists around the town, she sent me a text saying "I learned a new word today - Drookit!"

    DROOKIT - when you are so wet from the rain, that if you jumped fully clothed into a river, you could not get any wetter.
  • AYankInScotlandAYankInScotland Member ✭✭
    I love languages, and will be "hasting back" to Scotland in late May.

    So, I've read through this thread - but nowhere does anyone mention exactly what "braw" means. What does it mean?

    Here in the US, a braw is a woman's undergarment   :D

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  • VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    @AYankInScotland hahaha, i can promise you we have quite a different meaning here in Scotland! For us braw means good/pleasant/fine etc.

    For example, here in Edinburgh today the sun is shining and the weather is warm, so I'd say it's a braw day! 
    Kiwi gal, relocated to Scotland. 
  • MarilynMarilyn Member
    The one word that sums it up for me is Proud.  I adore my country and I love every corner of it.  It has just been voted the best country in the world by Lonely Planet.  If that doesn't make you proud then I do not know what would.
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