Scottish Poetry Selection
These days, the phrase "It wisnae me" is used not just by children accused of a misdemeanour but by politicians and company executives. Charles Nicol, writing at the end of the 19th century recognised the same phenomenon.
NaebodyI'd like to catch a man whase name
When ocht gangs wrang, wha gets the blame?
A' in the hoose are aye secure;
Oot o' the auld folks tak' the pooer;
When asked wha kicked up din an' stour,
When ocht gangs wrang, baith ear' an' late,
Aye gets the blame; he has nae mate,
'Twas juist the ither nicht, nae later,
Aroon' the fire there wis some caper;
I syne got up, asked, "What's the matter!"
But after that I tried to fin'
An' sae I caused nae little din,
The hale lot o' them in the hoose
Began to craw sae awfu' croose,
And said I'd quicker catch a moose
He maun be some auld-farrant chiel',
Or e'en as clever as the deil,
But maybe I'll come roon' him yet;
Then, by my certies, he will get
What he'll no bargain for, I'll bet,
Meaning of unusual words:
ocht gangs wrang=anything goes wrong
din an' stour=noise and dust
craw sae awfu' croose=boast so very cheerfully
auld-farrant chiel'=old fashioned child
by my certies=take my word for it
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