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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Thing To Do Today: be gleg.

Have a gleg at this, man.

Awreet, where's me glegs?

If you're a Geordie (that is, if you come from Newcastle upon Tyne in Northern England) then encouraging someone to have a gleg is asking them to have a look.

If it's young ladies you're glegging, then it may well involve marks out of ten.


 


For a really clear view you might need your glegs, which are your spectacles.

For the Scots, to be gleg is to be quick, either in movement or perception. It means to react fast: to be keen, though not in a rash way but in a clear-sighted one.

That bonny lass has to be ten out of ten, man. Awreet. I'll see you later.

Thing To Do Today: be gleg. This word comes from the Old Norse gløggr, clear-sightedness, and is related to the Old High German glau wise.


2 comments:

  1. What a wonderful word! Endless uses. And I'd never heard it before ever.

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    1. Thanks, Adele, it's great, isn't it? And to think you spent all those years in the North of England, but on the wrong side for gleg.

      I must do some research into Lancashire words, soon, I think.

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