My mother, who’s 85, was discharged from hospital last week. Her local pharmacy makes up a weekly blister pack dividing out her medication for each day. Yesterday, she got a bit confused and took her pills at the wrong time. My sister Eileen decided to hide the medicines away until Mum can manage better for herself.
Eileen sent me an email this morning saying that she’d phoned IRIS (the rehabilitation and after-care team) to fill them in on “the medicine plank”, in case Mum’s carers couldn’t find the pack and there was a panic.
“Plank”, as used here, is Scots for “hiding-place”. It can also be used as a transitive verb – to plank something away (as we Scots often do with our purse or wallet when we go out for a drink with friends in case, horror of horrors, one of them asks us to pay for a round).
You can find more Scots words on our “Your words” page – feel free to add your own favourites (or pet hates) in the comments. In other languages too – English included.
By Marian Dougan