Pining for the West

Stooshie | December 6, 2009

I like the word stooshie. It usually comes after the words ‘There was a bit of a’ stooshie. It means that there was a bit of trouble going on, a fracas, a commotion. Nothing serious, no real violence, well maybe a few threats but nothing much to speak of.

For some people, life would be a dull thing without a wee bit of a stooshie now and then. In fact there is a bit of a stooshie going on here and now as my husband thinks that it should be spelt stoushie. But I’m sticking to my guns, you very rarely see Scottish words down on paper anyway and I think it is easier to spell them as they are pronounced.



  1. I’ve seen it spelled with a u, as in “stushie” but I don’t recall it as “stoushie.”

    Comment by Jack D Stephen — December 7, 2009 @ 5:29 pm

    • As Scottish words are more often said than written it seems sensible to spell them as they sound. There is a chance that people would pronounce stushie to rhyme with mushy, so I like to stick with the double o.

      Comment by piningforthewest — December 7, 2009 @ 10:23 pm

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