Pining for the West

Scottish words Swithering | December 13, 2009

Swithering is a word which I use on a regular basis, because I’m not very good at making up my mind about anything. So I spend a lot of time swithering. If you can’t decide whether to choose a chocolate eclair or a meringue, then you are swithering. Of course you could always solve the problem by having both cakes, but then that only brings more problems of the, “My God how did I get so fat variety.”

I suppose, in English you would say that you were undecided about something, but swithering has a much better ring to it, I think.



  1. Okay, so what’s the difference between swithering and mithering (with a long i)? My dad always accused my mother of mithering, and that always meant to me wishy-washing nattering šŸ™‚

    BTW, I always swither when we eat out, letting everyone order before me so that I can chose at the last possible minute.

    Comment by JaneGS — December 15, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

    • Mithering is definitely not Scottish. Quite a good word though. I always thought it meant stop moaning. I remember Vera in Coronation Street always said it to ‘her Jack’ So I think it is a Yorkshire/Lancashire word. Swithering is just pronounced like withering with an s.

      Comment by piningforthewest — December 15, 2009 @ 10:08 pm

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