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Glaikit, wabbit and footering on the broo; RAB C PATTER MAKES OXFORD DICTIONARY.

IT'S enough to leave Rab C Nesbitt lost for words - most of Scotland's contribution to the latest dictionary is about boozing and brawling.

The 10th edition of the Concise Oxford, out today, has thousands of additions.

But the new Scots words all seem to come straight from the mouths of the Govan bard and his boozing buddies.

Rab and Co are glaikit (stupid, foolish or thoughtless, drunken) and on the broo (social security) - although broo is already in Chambers' dictionary with the more familiar spelling of buroo.

If Rab was ever to read the Oxford Concise, he would agree he footers around (fiddles about) and likes the crack (conversation).

His mouth gets him into the odd rammy (brawl) which leaves him with a sore puss (face or mouth) and completely wabbit (exhausted or unwell).

He might boke (vomit) atter a skite (drinking bout) in his howff (favourite drinking haunt), where everyone would be full (drunk).

The 88-year-old dic-tionary, said to be world's favourite and costing pounds 16.99, includes more "quirky and trendy" words than ever before, according to its compilers. Associate editor Angus Stevenson denied there was too much emphasis on ducking, diving and drinking among the new Scots entrants.

He said: "We have tried to widen people's vocabulary while taking out words they no longer look up."

Apart from Rab C-speak, there are only a few other inclusions from Scotland such as beastie (insect), chitter (shiver), gutty (plimsoll) and bawbee (coin of low value).

Other words making it into the dictionary for the first time include Viagra, splatterpunk (films or literture full of explicit sex and violence), docusoap (fly-on- the-wall TV) and ee (the northern English version of oi, made famous by Coronation Street butcher Fred Elliott).

Meanwhile, out of the new version go self-explanatory words like beachball and henhouse.

Editor Stevenson added: "I suppose you could also say we are following the TV show Countdown by including words like absquatulate, meaning to leave suddenly."

The dictionary is said to reveal society's new lifestyles and attitudes.

Imagineers (computer experts working in virtual reality and escapist entertainment) construct "immersive" displays.

Many of us lead a 24-7 existence (24 hours a day, seven days a week) in the run-up to Y2K (the year 2000).

GM is included for the first time - as genetically modified, general manager, General Motors, George Medal, grandmaster and grant-maintained.

Ohnosecond is the moment you realise you've made a mistake.

Near money are assets readily converted into cash and zero tolerance makes its first appearance, along with zorbing (a sport involving rolling down hills in a large transparent ball).

A heartsink patient frequently complains to doctors of persistent but unidentifiable ailments.

And a trustafarian is a rich young person who adopts an ethnic lifestyle in a poor urban area (from the combination of trust fund and Rastafarian).

A fifth of the new entries are words first coined abroad. They include the West Indies' expression force ripe (someone with growing up to do) and the South African outie (a homeless person).
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Author:Macaskill, Jamie
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 9, 1999
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