I was delighted to receive an email today telling me that I am now the official voice of the Scots word for “rogue, scoundrel, rascal”.
Let me explain: a few days ago I was recorded by Katrina MacLeod of the Scots Language Centre. She asked me to say a few words about the Scots word “skellum”, which means… you got it! She replaced an older recording with my voice, and you can listen to it here.
The word is used in Robert Burns’ famous “Tam O’Shanter” but it’s also an Afrikaans word, spelt “skelm” but pronounced the same way and meaning the same thing.