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.”