Word of the Week

neck:

To get or take a red neck is to be embarrassed to the point of blushing:

“Ah get a red neck every time that wean opens his mouth.”

In a bar, if a customer asks for a bottle of beer by the neck this means he doesn’t want it poured into a glass, whether because he intends to use a glass he already has or because he intends to drink straight from the bottle:

“Gie’s two pints of Seventy an’ a Sol by the neck.”

To go on one’s neck means to fall heavily, especially flat on one’s back:

“She walked onty the flerr (floor) and went on her neck, the soul.”

To brassneck it to try and get away with something by a show of sheer confidence and nerve:

“if they ask ye fir yer ticket, jist brassneck it and say yer with the band.”

Hear me say it.

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14 responses to “Word of the Week

  1. Not heard that one. I like the “gie’s two pints” bit.

  2. I’ll have to order my beer by the neck next time I go out… I like that one.

  3. Well, heck I learn something new everyday!

  4. That makes sense. A redneck means something very different in these parts. It basically means a low-class person. Kind of like a hillbilly. My maiden name was very similar sounding to redneck so I got teased with that one all the time. I like your meaning much better. 🙂

  5. Another great edition of WotW, Siobhan. Thanks!

    I like that you’ve got the audio portion back, too. Please, gie us more every week.

  6. Kathryn: we have our own word for redneck in Scotland, it’s teuchter (chew-kter).

  7. And here I thought “take a red neck” meant a make out experience gone bad! 😉

  8. ok i love brassneck it! hilarious!!

  9. I’m SOO happy to see you doing the audio again! Yay S! I love my Scottish word of the week.

  10. Over here “take a redneck” means I just punched out Billy Joe Bob when he tried to throw a chair at me. 🙂

  11. I loves me some Scot slang – uttered by the lovely Siobhan. I does.

  12. Okay I don’t have speakers with the computer I’m using right now, but I can’t wait to make it home and hear you say this…Who knew “neck” could mean so many things! I love this word of the week!

  13. so nice to hear your voice again!

  14. I finally listened to your word of the week…and I could listen forever…I love how your accent rolls off your tongue or any Scotish tongue…I posted about how I stalked these soccer coaches that came over to do a soccer camp for kids my sons age…I just loved listening to them…couldn’t understand them sometimes…but if they spoke slowly I picked up quite a bit!lol! okay I kid about not understanding them…but I did stalk them…would never kid about that! 🙂

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