From Ae! to Yell!,
the contest for a place-name
worthy of exclamation
Entrance to Ae! (for some reason)
Photograph by Islay McLeod
The Midgie invited readers to append exclamation marks to worthy Scottish place-names, following Devon County Council's disgraceful decision to drop the thunderstriker from the far end of Westward Ho!, thus releasing an exclamation mark back into the community. Here is the short-list:
I would like to nominate the village of Ae as being the destination for The Midgie's wayward exclamation mark, as, as well as being the shortest place-name in the UK and in desperate need of some additional characters, that particular place-name, when uttered in a tone of disbelief, seems to be the most common reaction to most of the 'news' broadcast and printed by the meeja in Scotland nowadays. Do I also qualify for the award for the longest opening sentence?
Ae was also recommended by Robin MacCormick
Bless you! Sneeze the moment!
The name has given rise to some mirth over the years, not least in relation to its football team, ie two Back full backs, the right back and the left back, sitting back to back in the back of the Back bus going back to Back.
Anyone who needs an explanation should be reading The Oldie and not the Scottish Review.
A noisy family lives here.
Our community in South Lanarkshire as in 'Daer to be different'.
Pound notes and Euros also accepted.
Not much happens here.
Since the practice of dual-language road signs, motorists have passed through DUROR DUROR. I suggest that the second name (in English black) should carry the apostrophe to celebrate the successful translation into English from the original language.
Not sure why, except the name has always fascinated me and I suppose it could be called 'Feck!' for short.
Believe it or not, it's a place, not a character from Dickens' underworld.
A self-explanatory, substitute expletive.
Freuchie! and Portmahomack!
My late father – a fine old-school Scottish gentleman, an elder of the Kirk and Sunday School teacher for 50 years – abhorred swearing but when things got too much he would use Freuchie and Portmahomack as if they were swearwords. I've no idea why he settled on these two villages. I think the addition of an exclamation mark would work on either of these.
Gey hot here.
Competitors in the 2014 Commonwealth Games overstay their welcome.
It's a district of Wishaw – or Wishy in local parlance,
A village in Lochmaben parish, Dumfriesshire, of which it was once said that 'sometimes, during a freshet of the river Annan, is completely begirt with water, so as to look like an island in a lake, and to be approachable only by means of a boat'. My feelings about my home town of Lockerbie and its surroundings often cause me to think Heck! I'm sure many Scots feel the same about their birthplaces.
Robert Black QC
A Perthshire hamlet, near the Glenturret distillery, which could become big as the expletive of choice in reaction to more Trumpish idiocy.
Please do so before entering this village.
Could give emphasis to the growing popularity of the 'Eck' tendency in
Given that the village almost had its name changed to Lost Farm a few years ago there would be no better way for the residents of Lost to 'exclaim'
Sailors' delight and it makes a change from whisky.
Between lovers, especially on Valentine's Day.
Hame o' the coo. Look it up on Wikipedia – fascinating. - Ed
[re The Midgie's surprise that Arthur Bell had not nominated Biggar on the grounds that Biggar! is better]
Our dear friend and neighbour, Arthur Bell of Coulter, is too preoccupied at the present with opposing the reindustrialisation of the Upper Clyde Valley, in order to preserve the rural idyll created by the 1980s Clearances and for which he and his ilk have since paid good money, to be concerned with advancing the interests of Biggar in particular and l'Ecosse profonde in general.
I have always been under the impression that the full names all Scottish towns and villages were suffixed by an exclamation mark, as in 'Carfin-ya-Bas!' and 'Peebles-ya-Bas!', not to mention the entirely mythological settlement of 'Tongs-ya-Bas!'. Can the disappearance from our place-names of the traditional 'dug's tadger' (to give the exclamation mark its proper orthological denomination) be part of a bigger conspiracy to extend the hegemony of southron grammatical correctness over the indigenous language?
A loud shout.
The Midgie has declared that the winner is Ae! He will be contacting Dumfries and Galloway Council to instruct it to add the exclamation mark with immediate effect. Scottish Review pens to all those short-listed, except those who've already got one.