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The people of Scotland — well, 55 percent of them — have voted to remain a part of the United Kingdom.
The majority are relieved not to have gained independence from Britain, a decision that would have ended a 307-year marriage. But don't forget the 45 percent who voted for it — and the 85 percent voter turnout — in a place where even 16-year-olds got to cast ballots.
The country is still split and passions are high. When passions are high, people tend to start insulting each other, and Scots have some amazing insults at their disposal.
So here are some of the words and phrases that might help you understand what everyone's saying.
Spoiler: there are a lot of words for "idiot" and "dirty."
Awa' n bile your head (Away and boil your head): Get lost
Baw: Testicle; the root of many general insults including "bawjaws," "bawbag," and "bawface"
Clipe: tattle-tale, snitch; as in , "Don't be a wee clipe"
Dobber: Idiot, jerk
Erse like a bag o' washin (Ass like a bag of laundry): A negative assessment of a woman's attractiveness
Face like a skelped erse (Face like a slapped ass): Describes a person's face that's red with rage or blushing
I wouldnae ride her in tae battle (I wouldn't ride her into battle): An negative assesment of a woman's attractiveness
Jakey: Alcoholic, or
Jessie: An epheminate man
Jobby: Feces, also used to refer to something as trash or junk
Lavvy heid: Toilet head
Mince: Rubbish, as in, "You're talking mince"
Nyaff: Irrirating person
Scrote: Scrotum, literally, but a general insult
Shut ye geggie: Shut up, shut your mouth
Yer aff yer heid: You're crazy
Yer bum's oot the windae (You're bum is out the window): You're talking nonsense, not making sense
Yer maw's git balls n yer da' loves it (Your mother has testicles and your father loves it): And example of a genre of insult involving accustations against a person's "maw" or "da"
If you'd like to hear how these sound when a Scot says them, watch this video.