This is Me Since Yesterday

There are some expressions which stay with you from childhood, my favourite being the one above which I used to hear from friends of my mother or my granny when they met on the street. It always puzzled me but I suppose it was just an expression of the lack of progress made since they had last met. It reminds me too though of the absurdity of language (remember Billy Connolly’s “I’ll take my hand off your jaw”?) and the precision with which the Scots language is able to conjure up an image. Consider the grammatical contortions involved in the following statement to a news reporter during the Glasgow East by-election this week from a local woman caught in front of a microphone. Expressing amazement at the sheer volume of journalists and canvassers on the street she told the interviewer “my hoose hisnae haltit aw week at the front door.” Tells you everything you need to know but translate it directly into English and make sense of it!

2 thoughts on “This is Me Since Yesterday

  1. Reminds me of a phrase recounted by Alex Norton, the star of the TV show ‘Taggart’. He recall being at Celtic Park many years ago on a day when the team were playing poorly.

    To bolster the defence the manager decided to bring on an Italian, Enrico Anoni, not well favoured by a section of the support.

    As the player sprinted onto the field, Norton recalls a beleagered cry from behind him –

    “Ah naw, no Anoni on anaw noo”

  2. A classic Graham! Such poetry. It’s also reminiscent of those old Stanley Baxter “Parliamo Glasgow” sketches which were much more contrived of course and ever so slightly patronising of the populace.

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