By Mina Green
Those of us who have experienced the honour of growing up in Scotland will be all too (sometimes painfully) familiar with the recent twitter trend #GrowingUpScottish. From translucent skin problems to Irn Bru to the phenomena of dialect and grammar (or lack there of) #GrowingUpScottish highlights the hilarious, awkward and endearing features of living and learning in Scotland. If you’re Scotland born and bred then you’re guaranteed to have a chuckle at these nostalgic gems, and if you’re new to Scotland then take these bite size nuggets as directions in navigating our rich and varied culture.
1. Trading in proof of your sugary drink consumption to enable you to consume yet more sugary drinks.
#GrowingUpScottish Glass Irn-Bru bottles being a legitimate form of currency in corner shops
— rob derobco (@s0mecandytalkin) July 28, 2015
2. We forgot what the actual name is…
— lizzie. (@lizziemelrose_x) July 23, 2015
3. It was a brutal truth: you were playing with fire.
#growingupscottish gettin telt the story it primary about the boy that was swinging on his chair fell backwards n cracked his heed open
— erin greer (@eringreer_) July 21, 2015
4. Ah, virgin lips. Peer pressure at its finest.
#GrowingUpScottish When you could tell if someone had broke their VL by looking under there tong ???
— William (@WilliamMcd_07) July 19, 2015
5. When punnies were the bane of your life.
#GrowingUpScottish when ye forged yer maw n da’s signature on a puny I’m first year so ye dinny get grounded fur a week
— Becki (@beckieverardx) July 19, 2015
6. ‘Tern on the big light will ye hen I can’t see a hing’
#GrowingUpScottish You’re not Scottish if you didn’t call the main light in your living room the ‘big light’
— SQA Banter (@SQA_Banter) July 19, 2015
7. If you made the wrong choice, you knew you’d regret it.
#GrowingUpScottish when you’ve been out to play but need a piss and yer maw says if u come in one more time and your in for the night
— lucysmith (@_lucyy_smithh) July 19, 2015
8. Trying way too hard to be badass.
#GrowingUpScottish pretending candy sticks were fags
— ConnorRitchie (@Connorritchie_) July 19, 2015
9. Yes, because as a 12-year-old the whole street belonged to you.
#GrowingUpScottish when you referred to your street as ‘ma bit’
— Caitlin McClure (@caitlinmcc_xo) July 28, 2015
10. The refusal to be within such close proximity to a member of the opposite sex.
#GrowingUpScottish pullin yer sleeve down cos you had tae dae the Gay Gordon’s wi a knob in primary school social dancing
— Michael Woods (@Michaelwoodz15) July 18, 2015