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A Midge in Your Hand is Worth Two Up Your Kilt: Modern Scottish Proverbs Hardcover – 28 Sep 2007


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Crombie Jardine Publishing Limited (28 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906051062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906051068
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.6 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 636,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Scottish language is rich in proverbs, sayings, maxims and wise aphorisms. Sadly, in the transition from the abacus to the computer, most of these have become outdated. This great little gift book thrusts these expressions into the 21st century providing millennia of wisdom in a practical modern format. It covers everything from bagpipes to whisky with a few mentions of our dear neighbours, the Sassenachs, thrown in. So whether you are Scottish, a tourist visiting Scotland, an illegal immigrant gutting fish on Shetland or have found this book abandoned on a Trans-Siberian train, you are sure to be inspired and amused by our wit and wisdom. The section on chat-up lines and insults will certainly help you, especially if you should venture into a Scottish pub or nightclub, and could just make the difference between getting a French kiss or a Glasgow kiss.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By London Girl 47 on 15 Nov. 2010
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I bought this for my husband(who is Scottish)as a birthday present. He found the quotes very, very funny, chuckling away to himself for a good couple of hours. As a "Southern Softie", I have to admit that I didn't get all of the humour, but I'm still giving this 5 stars as my husband obviously did! I would say that this is quite a small book, so would make a good stocking filler for a Scottish( Male) relative who's difficult to buy for.I should also point out that many of the gags are of an ADULT nature with some strong language...so make sure that the recipient of the book is suitably broad-minded..you have been warned!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Conlan on 8 Aug. 2012
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Bought this as a gift but had a sneaky wee peak myself and had to order a copy for myself.

I have made a promise to myself to read one of these "proverbs" everyday to cheer myself up, I can honestly say this book is a real tonic.

I intend buying a few more copies to pass on to friends that I know will enjoy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 24blackbirds on 20 Dec. 2011
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Bought this has a Secret Santa gift for a Scottish friend. She loved it and kept reading funny bits out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. L. A. Warren on 15 Feb. 2012
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A book that is not only funny for the scots amoung us but amusing fot the other nationalitioes who have to concentrate to understand some of the sayings
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A great little book of humorous snippets. Easily carried for enjoyment when travelling. Also handy to keep by bedside too.
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