Dean's Guide To Doric

Dean's Guide To Doric

10th September 2021

We are located 38 miles from Aberdeen City Centre. Many people who live in and around Aberdeen use Doric phrases and words. Doric is the Scots language used in the North East. There have been numerous songs, poems, and ballads based on the Doric language.

Here are just some of the most useful Doric sayings in the North East! 
When talking to those who speak Doric, they may ask you “Foo’s yer doos?”, which translates to “how are you?”. And you might reply with common responses like “nae bad, chavin’ awa” which means “not bad, doing okay!”. Another response might be “I’m fair puggled ih day” meaning “I'm quite tired today”.  
When Aberdonians see their friends/family, they may say “Gies a bosie!” which means “give me a hug!”  
When answering questions, common responses are “aye” (meaning yes), and “nae” (meaning no). And if you do not know, then the reply would be “da ken”. 

There are two types of people in Aberdeen City and the Shire, the ‘Toonsers’ and the ‘Teuchters’. ‘Toonsers’ are those who live in the city, whereas ‘Teuchters’ stay in the more rural parts of the North-East. 
Many of our customers enjoy eating our products while having a ‘fly cup’, Doric for a cup of tea/coffee. Fly cups are very popular throughout the North East, especially in the afternoon with a ‘funcy/fine piece’, meaning a cake or biscuit – a perfect time to have Dean's shortbread!

Popular foods in the North East include a Rowie/Buttery, which is a savoury breakfast pastry. Another common food is ‘neeps and tatties’, which is turnips and potatoes, often eaten with haggis!  
These are just some of the many phrases used in the Doric dialect, why not visit Dean's, and try using some of these famous sayings for yourself! 

Doric is a common dialect used in North East Scotland, learn the top sayings/words used in and around Aberdeenshire.