Appendix:Glossary of Scottish slang and jargon

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This is a glossary of Scots English words as well as slang, jargon and Scots Language, with their meanings and where appropriate; an example of their use. It's worth noting that Scotland has 3 languages (English/Scots/Gaelic) and a collection of different dialects.

Table of Contents: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A[edit]

  • a, ah - I
  • abo'dy - everybody
  • a'thing - everything
  • aboot - about
  • air beige - pump or fart
  • amen't ah? - aren't I?
  • ah am - I am
  • am no - I am not
  • a am' nae - I am not
  • ah wiz like - "I was like that"; i.e., I was remarked to say (So the boss says tae me that I was lazy, and as-laat, "Naw am-ur-nay!")
  • a wisna(e) - I was not
  • a(w)rite - all right
  • aye - Yes
  • arse / erse - buttocks
  • anno / ah ken - I know
  • anaw - as well
  • aff - off (off yer heed)
  • auld - old (as in auld gin)
  • aw - all
  • awfy / affy - awful (usually used as an amplifier, e.g., "awfy cauld")

B[edit]

  • baccy - tobacco (can you lend me some baccy?)
  • bairn - baby (jist a wee bairn!) or small child (Eastern Scottish dialect).
  • baffies - slippers.
  • baltic - freezing (Christ man, put the heating oan, it's baltic).
  • Black - Dirty ("you're black, mate, take a bath" "ya black basturd")
  • bahoochie - bottom
  • bampot - an idiot, unhinged person
  • banger - a firework - also, penis, as in, "away you 'n' chew mah banger"
  • barra - a little child - also, an affectionate term for a younger person (A wee barra.)
  • barry - fantastic (That's pure barry)
  • bastart - bastard, also, rarely, a peculiar term of endearment (Awright Ted ya wee bastart)
  • Barras - a market started by Margaret McIver joined for the initial use of wheel barrows/"barras' to sell things from, at the Barrowland in the east end of Glasgow
  • batter - to beat up (I'll batter ye, mon' then ya dick!)
  • baws - testicles "bawsack!" ballsack in English
  • bawbag - scrotum, pejorative (That guy's a bawbag)
  • bawhair - A unit of measurement for the thickness of a pubic hair.
  • bawheid - ballhead, bald, empty headed, stupid (oh, you ya bawheid!)
  • belter - to be excellent, great, fantastic.
  • ben - down or through or a mountain.
  • bevvy - drink (Ye havin a bevvy the nite?)
  • bez - beer
  • bide - stay/live
  • birl - spin
  • Big Yin - Originated as Billy Connolly's nickname. Meaning: Big One, used as a term of endearment towards older relatives or friends
  • bit - (a place; usually referring to somebody's house) "Meet me at ma bit", "A'll come round tae your bit", "Am stayin' o'er at my da's bit the night".
  • bizzo - business (from an episode of TV series Minder)
  • blootered - very drunk
  • boaby - police. Can also mean penis, or cum.
  • boak - dry heave/expression of disgust (Pure givin' me the boak!)
  • bob, bobee, bawbee - a 'bob' is slang for a shilling piece worth 12 old pennies, 5 new pence, was also available as a two bob bit and a ten bob note. one half-penny in auld money
  • boggin - smelly, dirty (That's boggin'!)
  • bolt - go away (wanty bolt!)
  • bonnie - pretty, beautiful
  • boot - slatternly or ugly woman
  • bosie - cuddle
  • bowfin - sick-making.
  • The box - television set (Whit's on the box the night?)
  • buckie - short for "Buckfast".
  • burn - small river (Let's awa' up that burn) not actually slang as it's the correct term and used elsewhere in the world
  • braw - beautiful, as in (​'S'a braw bricht moonlicht nicht the nicht.'​)
  • breeks - trousers
  • braw - good looking
  • brae - a hill
  • brief - car
  • burd - Girlfriend, or girls in general (huv ye seen the state ae thae burds!)
  • bunker - table top / counter (Make sure yeez clean aw along the bunker when yur finished!)
  • but - conjunction sometimes used to end sentences, commonly in Inverclyde (Am naw gaun but!)

C[edit]

  • cannae - can not
  • cannie - Smart (He's a cannie lad)
  • chankin - cold (It's chankin the day!)
  • chib - stab, a knife
  • chebs - tits
  • Chookie - Bird
  • chum - to accompany someone (chum me to the shop)
  • chug - to masturbate (he was having a chug on the bus)
  • claes - clothes
  • clart - to put too much on something
  • clarty / clatty - dirty as in "he picked his nose and ate it, the clarty bastard".
  • close- An alleyway, a passage at the rear of houses. The passageway leading into a tenement building/Humid weather
  • clarted - covered in (mud)
  • clype - a grass or tell-tale, also means to hit someone or something
  • coarse, coorse - bully or torment or be bad
  • cauld - cold (It's awfy cauld in here)
  • coupon - face. (Some coupon on him, eh?)
  • cowk - heave or throw up
  • cowp - knock over
  • cowp - skip/landfill
  • craic (crack) - chat (What's the craic?)
  • cuddy - horse
  • cummoan - let's go,~~ please talk sense ~~ (vamos,. sp)
  • cundie - drain
  • cutting - Hanging Around. (I've been cutting about all day!)
  • crivens - a exclamation

D[edit]

  • da - father
  • dafty - silly, foolish person
  • dancin - nightclub (Ur ye gaun tae the dancin' tonight?)
  • dangleberry - small piece of stool-covered toilet paper hanging from the hair around the bum hole.
  • deed - very; usually used with "pure" in front to describe something (That's pure deed brilliant!!!)
  • deh - don't (deh dae that)
  • diddy - did he? Also means an idiot and female breasts ("Diddy go tae school?" "Wait! Ye left yur keys ya diddy!" "Check oot the diddies oan her.")
  • dinnae/dunno - Don't (Dinnae dae that!)
  • dingy - ignore, abandoned (he's dingied us)
  • div - Idiot
  • dobber - a fool/stupid person. Also means "dickhead" (Whit ye daein' ya dobber?!)
  • dog/doggin - Having sexual intercourse in the back of a car (Oh my God. they were doggin!), or skipping school (I couldn't be bothered so ended up jus doggin it)
  • dander/daunder/donner - a walk (comin' fur a wee donner doon yonder?)
  • doo - a pigeon
  • doon - Down. (Turn that doon! We got a fuckin can theif! TURN THAT DOON!)
  • doonhamer - Someone from Dumfries. Got its name from towns more North than Dumfries because people from Dumfries would say (Am gan doon hame.)
  • doric - dialect spoken in the north east
  • dowp - Backside, Bottom.
  • dreich - Damp, overcast, wet.
  • drookit - Soaking wet - drenched
  • dug - a dog
  • dunderheed - an idiot, a fool
  • dunno / dinna ken - I don't know
  • dunt - nudge
  • dolton - an idiot.

E[edit]

  • een - eyes
  • Eh - what?
  • Edina - Edinburgh
  • empty - the residents who live in the house are not present and people take advantage by having a party in the "empty" house. (Ma granny's got an empty, moan up fur a swallae.). Normally teenagers having a party in their own house when parents are away involves drinking which they would not be able to do with their friends if parents around.
  • eejit - Idiot

F[edit]

  • fae - from (far aboots you fae)
  • feck - fuck, (in the name of fuck ser)
  • fag - a cigarette
  • fanny - vagina, also used as an insult (he's a wee fanny)
  • fannybaws - a term of ridicule, in some cases of endearment (ho, here fannybaws, geez a chip)
  • fash - fuss (Dinnae fash yersel)
  • feart - to be scared, afeared (I'm feart o' the dark)
  • fitba - football
  • fit like - how are you
  • fir wye - why
  • flap - to become overly upset or worked up about something, beyond what others see as necessary (Dinnae flap! We'll find yer wellies!)
  • fleg - fright, flag reference to over-exuberant British nationalism (He's a dirty Flegger)
  • flit - move house
  • footer - to twiddle and mess about with something (courtesy of Mrs A. A Munro)
  • fud - vagina (Ah booted her right in the fud man!) usually used as derogatory term (What fud publishes on Wikipedia?)
  • funt - slightly less offensive merging of the f-word and the c-word, which you can say in front of older relatives and get away with. (That funt pushed in front of me at the chip shop.)

G[edit]

  • gaff - house
  • gan - go
  • Gaun yersel' - Congratulations
  • gammie - An injured body part (Canny play, I've got a gammie leg)
  • gaun - going (am gaun hame), or, go on/and (gaun shut the fuck up)
  • gantin'/Gaggin' fur it - begging for (See her, she's pure gantin' fur sex)
  • gash - vagina, or poor (Celtic are gash at football)
  • gie's/geez - give - (geez it)
  • geggy - mouth - (Shut yer geggy)
  • geks - glasses
  • Ginger - pop/fizzy drink/soda (typically referring to Irn-Bru)
  • gingin (pronounced "ging-in") - Disgusting (He wis spewin' his guts up (being sick), it was heavy gingin!)
  • glaikit - stupid (ya glaikit bastard)
  • Glesgae - Glasgow, if not a local (typically East coast Scots) "Glesga" is more often used by West coast Scots.
  • goat - got (a goat it right!)
  • gonnae no dae that - please don't do that!
  • gobble - blowjob or, to eat as if starving
  • gob - Mouth (shut yer gob)
  • gowpin/lowpin - sore body part/infested with lice - (My knee is gowpin) - (Her heid was pure lowpin)
  • goon - idiot (You're a pure goon, man!)
  • granny or gran - grandmother
  • grannied - didn't score a single point (I was grannied at pool tonight)
  • granda - grandfather
  • greet - to cry
  • gutties - shoes

H[edit]

  • hackit - ugly, Ruby
  • hame - home (am away hame)
  • Harry hoofter- rhyming slang for "woofter" a derogatory term for a homosexual man.
  • hauf - a measure of whisky
  • haver - silly talk, nonsense/gibberish (stap yer havering)
  • haw - a quick saying to get someones attention, quicker than saying "hello". (Haw, stop ya bawbag!)
  • haun - hand (watch ma haun)
  • haud/hud - hold, stop "wanty hawd that?", "haud the bus" (hold it right there).
  • haud yer wheesht - stop talking
  • heavy - used to emphasise, "heavy shite" = awful
  • hen - term of endearment for a woman, equivalent to "love" or "darling" (How ye dain' the day, hen?)
  • heed/heid - head (a've got a sare heed)
  • hee haw - nothing/empty
  • heid-the-baw - an idiot.
  • heavin (hee-vin) - very busy (This pub is heavin, ye canny get movin.)
  • hirplin - to walk with a limp. (She hirpled across to answer the door).
  • hoch-magandy - fornication (from an episode of the TV series The Sweeney).
  • hole - sex/vagina (She's gettin' her hole the night fur definite.)
  • honkin - smelly/dirty (Your breath is honkin' by the way.)
  • hoore - whore
  • hoora - slang term for "very" (That Buckfast was hoora good.)
  • hoose - house
  • hoot - what (Hoot are you talkin aboot?)
  • howfin'/howlin'/hummin' - smelly
  • hoachin - full
  • how? - why?
  • how no'? - why not?
  • huddy - idiot, stupid, lame brain

I[edit]

  • Isna(e) - Is not
  • Int it/Int it no? - Isn't it? (This place is brilliant, int it no?)

J[edit]

  • jag/jab - injection/punch
  • jaked - being in a state of drunkenness (I was jaked last night)
  • jake(y) - a person who is addicted to class A drugs or alcohol, and lives a poor quality of life as consequence / A down-and-out, a tramp.
  • jammy - lucky, normally unfairly so (How dis he get tae skip the queue, but no' us? Jammy bastard)
  • jamp - past tense of jump (used mostly in the Highlands, especially the Black Isle).
  • janny - janitor.
  • jessie/jessy - wimp/big girl's blouse/effeminate or cowardly man (he's a big jessie)
  • Jim Delahunt - sports pundit and former presenter of Scotsport, rhyming slang for "cunt", female genitalia
  • Jings! - Wow !
  • jobby - poo; plural form "jobbies"
  • jobby jabber - a gay man (derogatory)
  • junkie - a drug user, commonly heroin (ya junkie bastard)

K[edit]

  • kelpie - a mythical water creature resembling a horse. Also a set of twin sculptures called "The Kelpies".
  • knob - slang for penis, in particular knob-end; an irritating or contemptible person (Whit a knob man!)
  • knapdarloch - a piece of faeces hanging from an animal's fur
  • kip - sleep/nap (If yur tired, try fur a kip." "am away fir a kip man, shattered)
  • kippy - left (He's kippy-handed.)
  • kirk - church (I can't get pished? Is this some kind of kurk?)
  • Keech - Scottish for faeces. Can be used in a sentence for someone who you think is talking rubbish or nonsense (Listen ya bam awa an' stop talkin keech.)

L[edit]

  • laddie - A boy or young man (Aye, laddie!)
  • lavvy" - A lavatory (toilet) (Am gaun' tae the lavvy.)
  • lecky - electricity - often used in reference to bills (she didn't pay her lecky this month)
  • lifted - to be arrested by the police. (e.g. He wiz totally pished an' the polis lifted him)
  • lip - cheek (Ony mair o' yer lip an ah’ll skelp yer dowp)
  • Li'ah' - like that (An' ah wis li'ah'​)
  • loon - boy (Aberdeen dialect), idiot (elsewhere)
  • loupin - very sore/infested with lice (My heid is loupin.)
  • lassie - A girl or young woman
  • lugs - ears
  • loused - Finished, tired or shattered (I'm loused)

M[edit]

  • Mare's meat - A vigorous and forward act (He's in there like a marr's meat)
  • Ma Kelly-Ann - term for the Mrs, me and Kelly-Ann did this, my Kelly-Ann said that, me and Kelly Ann had a good pumpin' last night etc etc.
  • mad wae it (MWI) - comprehensively drunk
  • magic - great/excellent (That's pure magic)
  • mair- more
  • maist- most
  • malkied - (from Malky Fraser - Glaswegian rhyming slang for "razor") Initially to have been hit hard, or chibbed... blootered/drunk/wrecked (Heavy malkied last night, pal)
  • maw - mum (Aye yer maw)
  • mauchit/manky - very dirty (Your trousers are mauchit!! Ya manky bastard!)
  • meltit/melted - to be off one's face, usually on drugs - (Ah was pure melted man!)
  • mense - Great or other words, a shorter form of "immense"
  • messages - shopping (Maw sent me fur messages last night)
  • mental - Insane, wild (that party last night was pure mental.)
  • mibay/mibbe - maybe.
  • midden- Outdoors rubbish pile, tip "this room's a midden!"
  • min/mannie - mate (aw'right, min?)
  • mince - rubbish/nonsense - (Dinnae talk mince)
  • minger - A dirty/smelly/horrible person or ugly person
  • mink - an unhygienic person (You wee mink.)
  • minted - rich/wealthy (Look at his motor, he must be minted.)
  • mingin - horrible/dirty (Your bathroom is mingin, this drink tastes mingin)
  • Mokit - dirty
  • Mon then - A challenge to fight (Fuckin' mon' then ya wee dick)
  • the morn - tomorrow
  • the morn's morn - tomorrow morning
  • motor - a car (originates from "motor car") "his motor's pure minted man!", "jump in my motor, I'll gie ye a lift hame".
  • muckle - large (I caught this muckle fish doon the burn the ither day).
  • munter - ugly person (That lassy you were winchin' last night was a proper munter.)

N[edit]

  • nae danger - no chance / no way / no bother
  • napper - head
  • Nat King - another word for intercourse getting your hole (from nat king cole)
  • Nat King Cole - intercourse, commonly nat king cole, hole (rhyming slang)
  • naw - no
  • ned - acronym for 'non-educated delinquent', hooligan, troublemaker
  • neebur- Neighbour
  • nip - kiss (gonae give us a nip) or a single measure of an alcoholic spirit, often whisky (geez a nip wi' that pint will ye darlin' )
  • neeps - Turnips (neeps an' tatties)
  • nippin - stinging.
  • noggin - head
  • numpty - an endearing term/lovable idiot. Shows friendly banter (Och, Jonathan! You're a right numpty)
  • nut - head, or another term used for the word no

O[edit]

  • oaf - off
  • Och awa' an' dinna talk pish - You're talking a load of rubbish
  • oan yer bike - go away
  • oan yer trolley - go away
  • Onybody - Anybody
  • oot - out
  • ory or orey or oary - Vulgar, common, lacking in social graces. Perhaps from "ore" i.e. unrefined material. Word may be peculiar to Dundee.
  • outwith Outside (he lives outwith the catchment area for the school. That is outwith the remit of the report.)
  • oot yer nut - really drunk (mate, get hame yer oot yer nut.), off your head.
  • oxters - armpits

P[edit]

  • pan - break or disfigure (pan the windaes in)
  • patter - Banter (yer patter's sweet pal)
  • panbread - dead
  • pap - a breast
  • paps - plural form for breast
  • papa - grandfather
  • park - field
  • Pedro - Amazing (Aww sur, that is Pedro)
  • peebrusht - rectum (from an episode of Minder)
  • peedy - small (yer nae haf peedy ya ken)
  • pie - a Scottish version of a chav, also used as a general derogatory word ("Yer a pie")
  • piece - a sandwich (A had a cheese an' tomata piece this efternoon)
  • pimps - easy (That exam was pure pimps)
  • pish - piss
  • pished - drunk
  • plastered - drunk
  • plenty - enough
  • polis - the police
  • pooched - broken, fucked, useless. (I pooched my bird up the closie last night) used in anger or expression, mainly used by people from Angus or Fife
  • puckle - a few of something (not necessarily 2)
  • pucklie - a small amount
  • puddock - a frog
  • pumped - sex
  • punny eccy - punishment exercises at school
  • pure - very, totally (she's pure no right.) used to emphasise something.
  • Plab - The name for a large soft and watery pile of faeces probably most akin to cattle dung.

Q[edit]

  • quality - great/excellent (That film was quality.)
  • quine or quinie - girl, young woman, (Aberdeen dialect)

R[edit]

  • radge - Crazy, angry (he went totally radge)
  • rat-arsed - drunk (Lets get rat-arsed!)
  • Rebrov - man of stature (that guy is pure Rebrov man)
  • reekbeek - horrible, disgusting (That lassie is pure reekbeek)
  • reek - smell bad (och, you reek)
  • Reprobate - Unprincipled person, (Shut it, ya reprobate)
  • roamin - Taking a walk (gone on the piss, no told the mrs an got lost)
  • roaster - someone who is making a complete cunt of themselves (Here, did ye see that roaster oan the X-Factor the other night?)
  • raging - Very angry!!! (o' your pure raging mate)

S[edit]

  • sassenach - an English person, a British nationalist who sells out Scottish or Gaelic culture for Saxon traditions or, an outlander
  • scaffies - bin men
  • scheme - residential area, usually a council estate
  • schule - school (pronounced "skull") (Ye no gaun' tae the schule the day?)
  • scooby - clue, (no clue)
  • scram - go away
  • scramble - Scottish tradition at weddings where the groom throws small change out of the wedding car for local children to pick up.
  • scran - food
  • script - Plan, idea (What's the script?)
  • scunnurt, scunnered - bored, fed up, exhausted (Ah'm pure scunnurt)
  • scunner - one who pisses ye aff, also used when hurt yourself (oh ye scunner that hurt)
  • session / sesh - a night out drinking (Me and the boys had a hoora session the other night)
  • shan - a shame (that's shan as fuck, shan times)
  • Shereen Nanjiani - a former newsreader and also rhyming slang for fanny, female genitalia (Ah booted her right in the Shereen Nanjiani).
  • shin - shoes.
  • shite - faeces.
  • shneeb - smoke.
  • simmer - Calm down (That kant needs to simmer before he gets leathered)
  • skelp - to smack or hit someone/thing (He telt me tae get ma tits oot so I skelped him) (I skelped ma heed oaf the heedboard)
  • skiddies - gentleman's undergarments with traces of last night's dinner
  • skint (slang term for the word 'skinned') - no money/poor/no wages left.
  • skuddy - naked (Did ye see Jimmy? He was in the skuddy!)
  • sleekit - sly or untrustworthy (I widnae buy a car frae that sleekit bastard!)
  • slitter - To dribble whilst eating (You better no slitter soup aw doon yer new jumper.)
  • solid - hard, tough (I wouldnae say nowt tae him man, he's solid)
  • sook - big softie (ya wee sook)
  • snashters - sweets or goodies to eat.
  • sneck/snecky, also shneck/shnecky (from the Gaelic Sneagaidh) - Inverness.
  • speccy - used to describe someone who wears glasses.
  • spondoolyitis - a medical condition for talking shit
  • spondoolies - money (as in, "Ye gaun tae the gemme the night?" "Naw." "Naw? How no'?" "Nae spondoolies")
  • squint not straight
  • square go - a fair fight, one to one fight
  • steamin - drunk
  • stoor - dust. (Look at aw that stoor on the telly.)
  • sup - small amount of liquid
  • swally - to swallow, also means alcohol (Dae ye fancy gon fur a wee swally doon the pub?)
  • swatch - Look (Gae us a swatch o yur fanny)
  • sweltering - roasting / boiling / very warm (it's absolutely sweltering today)
  • swick - cheat

T[edit]

  • tad - tiny bit (it's a tad small)
  • tae - to or, too (Going tae the game/ aye, and Stevie's coming tae)
  • talking oot yer fanny flaps - lying
  • tan - smash windows (I'm gonny tan yer windaes), or also a drink (Gonnae gies a tan ae yur juice?)
  • tanned - to drink/drunk (I tant ten pints last night!) to vandalise (That hoose is gettin tanned)
  • tap - to borrow money from someone (Can ah tap a tenner aff ye?)
  • taps aff - (tops off) it's a hot day <--- na just means the suns oot so we take wur taps aff.
  • tassie - cup (especially one for whisky)
  • tatties - potatoes
  • tekul - good
  • teuchter - someone that lives in the countryside. Originally used to describe a Highlander
  • that's a sin - what a shame
  • toaty - small/tiny
  • toonser - someone from the city
  • tube - an idiot/fool
  • Turkish - a faeces (Gies the paper, ah'm away fur a turkish) from rhyming slang: 'Turkish Delight' - Shite
  • twa - two
  • twally - A person of lesser intellect
  • Toorie - The purple head of the Spear Thistle (Scotland's national flower/emblem). This is also what the Highlanders call a penis.
  • Tadger - Scottish name for a penis or can be used as a name for someone is behaves in an annoying manner (Get oot ma face ya tadger.)

W[edit]

  • wabbit - tired (I'm feeling awfy wabbit). Additionally what Elmer Fudd called a rabbit.
  • wallap (pronounced "wa-lup") - to hit someone/something (Am gonnae wallap ye wan!) Can also mean to bang a body part (Ah pure wallaped ma heid aff that table!)
  • wallaper (pronounced "wa-la-pur") - an insult, meaning idiot/moron/dick (He's a pure wallaper.) // Large (tha's ah wallaper ye goat there!)
  • wayne- the youngest of the family, sometimes the youngest sibling. (give that to the Wayne!)
  • wan / ane - one (number or referring to an object person) "Wan table please." "Wit wan de ye want?" "Geez ane."
  • wan - won (I wan the race.) Or referring to having 'one' (I'm having 'wan' of them days).
  • wank - short for wanker (he's a wank)
  • warmer - (pronounced "wahrmehr") another name for a fool, idiot.
  • wean - (pronounced "Wayne") - child (Western Scotland dialect)
  • wee - small
  • wee barra - Literally "Small fair haired child". Used as a term of endearment (generally boys)
  • weegie - someone from Glasgow; from "Glaswegian"
  • well - very "This band's well good." "Bed's well comfy."
  • wench - A woman/female/girlfriend/wife. Derogatory term.
  • We're a' Jock Tamson's bairns - we're all the same, we're all God's children.
  • wha(e) - who
  • wheesht - be quiet (haud yer wheesht)
  • Whit - Lori says whit do you mean instead of What do you mean.
  • whit like? / Fit like? - How are you?
  • Whitey - Throw up/be sick, usually from drinking too much alcohol (Am gonnae whitey)
  • wifie - woman (usually referring to an older woman)
  • winch - to French kiss someone (geez a winch.)
  • Windae - Window.
  • wit - what
  • wur - our as in We took wur taps aff (took our tops off)

Y[edit]

  • yaldi - an expression of deep joy
  • yaks - eyes
  • yeez - you / you'se
  • yin - one (not the number but referring to a person or object) "The big yin is oan his way." "Ye want the big yin aff the shelf?")
  • yocker - a large, but still throwable, stone.
  • yonks - years, a long time ago. (A havnae been there for yonks.)
  • yuptae - What are you up to? (yuptae th' night ya bawbag?)
  • Ye - you
  • yellae - yellow
  • yer - your