Your Brave Dictionary – Understand the Lingo Before You See the Movie – Movie Monday

Posted on: June 18th, 2012 by

 

(L-R) MERIDA amongst the triplets: HARRIS, HUBERT and HAMISH; KING FERGUS and QUEEN ELINOR. ©2012 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

 

If you’re going to see the movie Brave, opening June 22, you’ve got to understand the Scottish lingo. We’re here to help with your Brave-inspired glossary.

 

 

AUTOCHTHONOUS

  • Indigenous, native
  • Taught to filmmakers by Emma Thompson (voice of Queen Elinor), who used it to describe “Brave’s” Castle Dunbroch because it appears to have grown right out of the earth.

 

BLUE WODE

  • A blue dye extracted from a cabbage-type plant used by inhabitants of ancient Scotland to paint their bodies
  • Lord MacGuffin and Young MacGuffin paint their bodies in blue wode to proclaim that they are ready for battle at any moment.

 

BRAE

  • Hill

 

BUNCH OF GALOOTS

  • Many fools
  • galoot = clumsy, oafish person

 

CARNYX

  • A Celtic trumpet with a bell shaped like a boar’s head. Held vertically so it can be heard in large crowds, a carnyx was used during wartime to send troops into battle.
  • In “Brave,” it signals the start of the Highland Games.

 

CRIVENS, YOU’RE FIERCE

  • Wow! You’re cool or ferocious or tough!
  • crivens = expression of surprise or shock

 

DANCING TATTY BOGLE

  • An expression that describes something outlandish or imaginary
  • tatty = shabby, cheap
  • bogle, boggle or bogill = ghost or folkloric being

 

DORIC

  • A dialect from the Aberdeenshire region in Scotland
  • Elgin native Kevin McKidd (voice of MacGuffin and Young MacGuffin), who learned Doric from his grandfather, proposed to filmmakers for Young MacGuffin to speak the incomprehensible dialect in “Brave.”

 

DREADFUL COLLYWOBBLES

  • Unwanted stomachache or a bad case of the nerves
  • collywobbles = upset stomach; intestinal disturbances or a feeling of apprehension

 

FOR NAUGHT

  • For no reason

 

FINISH WHAT HE GUDDLED IN THE FIRST PLACE

  • Fix, clean up or otherwise remedy something that’s been horribly mishandled.
  • guddle = make a mess of it

 

GAMY SPELL

  • An unfortunate bit of magic
  • gamy = bad

 

GLEN

  • Small, narrow, secluded valley

 

GOOGLY OLD HAG

  • Outlandish, unattractive senior
  • googly = strange, odd

 

GIANT HAVING A JIGGER IN THE BLUEBELLS

  • Similar to Dancing Tatty Bogle, something that’s absurd or fantastical

 

HAGGIS

  • Though some will joke that a haggis is a small animal native to Scotland, it is actually a traditional Scottish pudding made with sheep’s heart, liver and lungs, encased in a sheep’s stomach and cooked for several hours. Often served with “neeps and tatties” (turnips and potatoes).

 

HIGHLAND GAMES

  • Festivals that celebrate Scottish and Celtic culture and heritage, especially that of the Scottish Highlands. Includes competitions in piping and drumming, dancing, archery, caber tossing, stone put and other Scottish athletics, plus entertainment and exhibits.

 

JIGGERY POKERY

  • Nonsense

 

JINGS CRIVENS HELP MA BOAB

  • Oh my!
  • Exclamation of bewilderment or exasperation

 

KILT

  • A pleated and draped tartan fabric garment worn by Scottish men
  • During the production of “Brave” director Mark Andrews and several animators wore kilts to work on Fridays—dubbed Kilt Fridays—to get in the spirit of Scotland and the film’s characters.

 

"BRAVE" (Pictured) MERIDA. ©2012 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

 

LASS

  • Girl

 

LAD

  • Boy

 

LOCH

  • Lake

 

MANKY DOGS

  • Unsavory person or being
  • manky = dirty, worthless or in bad taste

 

MICHTY ME

  • Wow! Holy cow!
  • An exclamation of surprise, shock or being overwhelmed

 

NUMPTY

  • Useless individual

 

NUT ‘EM

  • Head-butt ‘em

 

SCAFFY WITCH

  • A tricky or slick being with magical powers
  • scaffy = trickster

 

SCARED SIMPERIN’ JACKANAPES

  • Belittling description of a goofy and unworthy opponent
  • simpering = silly smile
  • jackanape =  an insulting reference to a monkey or ape; a braggart; a mischievous child

 

SCUTTLE THE VIKING LONGSHIPS

  • Sink Viking ships by making holes in the bottom

 

STUFF HER GOB

  • Eat with abandon
  • gob = mouth

 

TARTAN

  • A specially designed woven fabric that identifies a clan. April 6th is National Tartan Day in the United States.

 

TOSSING CABERS

  • A test of strength and skill seen in Highland Games in which the competitor raises a pole vertically with the small end down, and then throws it
  • Caber = a long, tapered section of a tree trunk

 

TUMSHIE

  • Turnip… or foolish person. Or both.

 

WEE

  • Small

 

WE’LL BILE YUR HEED WAE DUMPLIN’ BREED; TAE MAKE AN URSINE STEW

  • bile yer heed (boil your head) = don’t be ridiculous. Also used as an exclamation if someone is doing something stupid and it’s annoying
  • In “Brave” King Fergus sings what he’ll do to the demon bear Mor’du when he catches him to avenge his lost leg. Not only will he boil his head, but he’ll add dumplings to make a bear stew.

 

WILL O’ THE WISPS

  • Ghostly lights or small blue spirits that lead the way to treasure or doom.
  • In “Brave,” the will o’ the wisps lead Merida to change her fate.

 

 

"BRAVE" (Pictured) MERIDA. ©2012 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

 

ABOUT THE MOVIE:

Set in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland, Disney•Pixar’s “Brave” follows the heroic journey of Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to change her fate, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane), unleashing chaos in the kingdom. When she turns to an eccentric Witch (voice of Julie Walters), she is granted an ill-fated wish and the ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her resources—including her mischievous triplet brothers—to undo a beastly curse and discover the meaning of true bravery. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, “Brave” is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar. Opens on June 22, 2012, in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

 

We’re getting a sneak peak at Brave this week, so check back with us next Monday, June 25 for our full review.

 

 

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