Pining for the West

Scottish Words | November 22, 2009

I had intended only doing one Scottish word each week but this week it will have to be two as they go together like fish and chips.

A skelp is the Scots word for a good old fashioned smack. I know that it is all terribly unPC and such but who cares. There are times when small children just have to be skelped because they are too young to reason with.
Nothing works better than a quick skelp, especially when you have just about had a heart attack as you have caught the wee darling doing something completely mental like sticking a screwdriver into an electric socket. And don’t say that the sockets should have had safety covers over them. We tried that and the kids could remove them in a second, in fact their dad had to ask them to remove the safety covers for him when he wanted to use a socket as his big fingers couldn’t get a grip on the covers to prise them off.
The word which skelped is usually followed with is the lovely word,

I think that it will be obvious what this word means. It’s a bottom or bum of course – or a backside if you prefer.
So the phrase – If you don’t watch it you’ll get a skelped bahoukie was probably one of the most used threats when I was growing up and I’m pleased to say that it hasn’t quite died out yet.

You have to be careful though as there is a cut off age – after which the threat might be used but not actually administered, especially if you have boys. After all, you don’t want them to grow up paying some “lady” to skelp their bahoukies for them.



  1. Skelp eh, yes I like the sound of that, I can imagine someone shouting ‘you’ll get a good skelping you will if your’e not careful!
    Bahoukie. now that’s an interesting one. The first thing I thought of was a club in town callled ‘Bazoukie by Night’ I think it’s Greek because the waiters smash a lot of plates. It’s popular with womens Hen nights. Now Bahoukie by night…well that could be a whole different meaning….
    So far we have scunnered, skelp and bahoukie. You would be scunnered I suppose if someone had skelped your bahoukie lol!

    Comment by echostains — November 23, 2009 @ 12:13 am

    • Aye, Bahoukie by night is especially apt for a Greek club I think. I wonder how well that would go down in Glasgow?

      Comment by piningforthewest — November 23, 2009 @ 10:52 pm

  2. LOL!!!!! You put it sooooo sucinctly!!! lol!

    Comment by echostains — November 23, 2009 @ 11:05 pm

  3. >If you don’t watch it you’ll get a skelped bahoukie

    This is definitely entering our family’s vocabulary. My teenagers will absolutely love it if I threaten them in this Scottish manner 🙂

    I’ll be back for more words!

    Comment by JaneGS — November 23, 2009 @ 11:39 pm

    • I’m glad you like it. I’ll have to edit the post to explain that bahoukie is pronounced to rhyme with cookie. Have fun.

      Comment by piningforthewest — November 24, 2009 @ 9:03 pm

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