Where do we start? There are so many words that are used in Buckie that we can only mention a few of the more characteristic ones.

Many of the words are used not only in Buckie, but throughout Scotland. These include the iconic aye for yes and ken for know.

     Aye, it wasna the best o’ times.

     Do ye ken that factory up the brae?

You also get words that have undergone meaning change or semantic change over the centuries. So for example below, foul is used in Buckie to mean dirty – it has retained the older semantics of the word. The same is true for coorse (coarse), which means badly behaved.

     Fit ye gan to dee wi’ that foul face?

     He was an affa coorse loon fann he was young but he’s a topper noo.

Probably the most recognizable words are quine and loon for girl and boy.

     That quinie was doon yesterday.

     Ye ken Davey’s loon?

Quine comes from Old English queen and loon originally meant ‘a worthless person’….!

There’s lots of diminutives  – that is the addition of –ie on a word such boatie, hoosie, quinie, loonie, wifie, mannie.

This use is much more widespread than in other varieties of Scots.