Sunday, 11 August 2013

Blatherskite - You're Talking Sh ...

Blatherskite, Bletherskate
Painting by Karl Heyden (1845-1933)

BLATHERSKITE

Noun. Dialectical & US colloquial. Also bletherskate. Mid-17th century. See also BLITHER.
[from BLATHER Old Norse blathra, from blathr nonsense + SKATE noun origin unknown mean, contemptible or dishonest person.]

A foolish and voluble talker, a blathering person. Also, foolish talk, nonsense.

Note: Popularized in the US during the War of Independence through the Scottish song Maggie Lauder by F. Sempill

You can never be too well-armed with epithets for those that persistently talk a load of guff, and blatherskite has a particularly pleasing tone, don't you agree? Blatherskite. It has an obscure, Haddockian ring to it, firing off the tongue like a stinging dart of verbal justice. And below, I've embedded Maggie Lauder, the Scottish song that popularized blatherskite in the US, though if you can understand a word of it you're doing a darn sight better than me. I'm pretty sure he says blatherskite at the end of the first verse.



Do you use blatherskite?

Are you a blatherskite? Am I?

Do please leave your most voluble comments below.

7 comments:

  1. I don't know about blatherskite, but Haddockian is a treasure.

    That song...this is only a guess, but is there something in there about a bagpiper?

    Or is it about two other blokes?

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    1. Haddockian is good, isn't it? Use it. I want it to become a word. It should be a word. As for the song, I've no idea. There was definitely something about pipes in there, and someone called 'Maggie Lauder', but beyond that I'm as clueless as ... umm ... Clueless.

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  2. I well remember this song!
    My dear old dad was Scottish, and he sang it when he had a few whisky's under his belt!

    I found these lyrics:

    Maggie Lauder lyrics

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    1. My word! Reading the lyrics is almost as hard as listening to them. Maybe I should have a couple of jars ... maybe it'll all become clear after that ...

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    2. That could be the secret to it! :)

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  3. I have a horribly resonant suspicion that I am a blatherskite, but what a scrumptiously-sounding thing to be.

    -clueless.

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    1. As scrumptious as blackguard? You know, I think it might be.

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