Definitely a Dull, Dirty, Dreich kind of day at Northof43

It’s a balmy 6C here today, and when I left the Cafe this morning a gent said it was more like a March day than wintery December. It won’t last long.

I’ve mentioned before that I visit virtually with my mini-me cousin in Edinburgh every day, and this is the kind of day she calls ’dreich’. And a better word does not exist.

Dreich- a Scots adjective in the short version that means dull or gloomy, and in the long is described as: long-drawn out, protracted, hence tedious, wearisome, damp, wet, grey weather. Yup that is today.

Perfect photo by Yann Allegre on Unsplash

The way it rolls of the tongue it embraces the very fibre of the day.

The first recorded use of the word was apparently in 1420 and originally meant ’enduring’ or ’slow’.

Dreich has been named (in some sort of a poll) the most popular Scots word by THE SCOTTISH BOOK TRUST.

I am impressed not only by knowing when a word was first recorded 600 years ago but that they even have something called The Scottish Book Trust.

So, there you go, a new word, a bit of history, and a day before you in which you can make a difference.

Enjoy y’all!

Chris LatN43 December 6th, 2021

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One is about 43 degrees latitude N. and longitude 80 W, The other almost equidistant south latitude and longitude 174 E. Two women, two minds, different personalities and experiences, choosing a life of meaning, continual growth and learning, at the same time negating ageist opinions of exactly what ‘an old lady’ should be.

10 thoughts on “Definitely a Dull, Dirty, Dreich kind of day at Northof43”

  1. A Scotsman I knew used to use the word to describe that kind of day. And we have that kind of day here even though it’s not cold. It certainly is wet and miserable so dreich describes it perfectly.

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