Dif­fer­ent mean­ing

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - COMMENT -

Arbroath man Alan Gyles has just pub­lished a book, Far Di Yi Comfy? It is in the form of a dic­tio­nary, where he has en­tered words from the OED which have a com­pletely dif­fer­ent mean­ing in Arbroath.

Alan ex­plains: “The idea came to me when I was sit­ting in a ho­tel re­cep­tion area in Kin­ross and over­heard an En­glish­man ask­ing a fel­low Scot what spe­cial skills the area had to of­fer.

“The re­ply came that there were no spe­cial ‘skills’ but there were five pri­mary ‘skills’ and a cou­ple of sec­ondary ‘skills’. The En­glish­man had no idea what he was on about.

“Im­me­di­ately I thought about other words which have a dif­fer­ent mean­ing in my home town of Arbroath. It didn’t take me long to reach around 50 words, but I thought there were a lot more. Us­ing the Red Lichties Face­book site, I asked mem­bers for more words and was in­un­dated with replies.

“I wrote the book and had help from Wilma Reid who of­fered some of her Arbroath po­etry and my brother Mike Gyles, who of­fered some anec­dotes.

“The book is cur­rently at the print­ers and copies should be avail­able by Au­gust. Sales will be from the web­site www.ar­broath­phrase­book.co.uk and 40% of pro­ceeds from the sale will go to lo­cal char­i­ties go to lo­cal char­i­ties Kep­tie Pond Friends and Arbroath Town Mis­sion.”

Ruth Walker of St An­drews sent in this pho­to­graph and says: “The pic­ture shows a cor­ner of Ar­gyle Street. I love this cor­ner of town.”

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