Vote for your favourite Scots word

To celebrate A Year of Conversation and the International Year of Indigenous Languages, we invited the public to submit iconic Scots words through Scottish Book Trust’s social media channels and website.

Over 200 words were nominated, from various dialects such as Doric, Shetlandic, Dundonian and Glaswegian.

Our panel whittled down the submissions to a shortlist of 30 Scots words that have stood the test of time, and are well-loved and well-used by the nation.

View the shortlist and their meanings

The vote is now closed!

The most popular Scots word will be revealed during Book Week Scotland(this will open in a new window).

More information about the shortlisted Scots words, including further definitions, can be found at Dictionary of the Scots Language(this will open in a new window).

Want to vote for your favourite Gaelic word? Our friends at Gaelic Book Council will be holding a parallel vote. Head over to their website to nominate your favourite Gaelic word.

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