Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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JOT, v., n. I. 1. (2) (c) Add variant joattur. Add to defin.: (Abd., Ags., Edb., Gsw., Ayr., Dmf., Rxb. 2000s) Also attrib.
Add quots.: ne.Sc. 1824 William Mackie compiler, ed. David Stevenson The Diary of a Canny Man (1991) 65:
6th October, 1824
Have been employed a good part of this day finishing warnist. In the evening bringing up some accounts in old jotter book.
Rnf. 1986 John Mitchell Class Struggle 111:
... all of them designed to last for approximately three periods of work before the clarion call arose:"Surr! Ah need a new joattur!"
Sc. 1990 Esther Woolfson in Hamish Whyte and Janice Galloway New Writing Scotland 8: The Day I Met the Queen Mother 146-7:
I wrote it all down in my jotter in a Kandinsky dictated formula: significance, important things to remember, blessings, food we eat, learn for next week.

I. 1. (2) Add: I. 1. (2) (d) (i) Phr. to get one's jotters, To get the sack. Also fig. (Sh., Bnff., Abd., Ags., Fif., Edb., Gsw., Ayr., Dmf. 2000s).Rnf. 1972 Bill Bryden Willie Rough 26:
He'll just hav tae watch he disnae get 'is jotters ... or worse ...
Gsw. 1985 Anna Blair Tea at Miss Cranston's 37:
I was in a factor's office when I came back from the war and there was an old twister there who ran his own wee racket; taking key money when folk were desperate for houses to rent. The boss Willie Ross caught him and he got his jotters.
Sc. 1996 Herald 21 Feb 15:
In the real world the Royal Bank of Scotland is four fifths of its way through a five-year redundancy plan which will make 3500 managers and other employees redundant. ... When you get your jotters, the letter now says proudly that the Royal Bank are "Investors in People", which is almost as apposite as their advertising slogan: "Where People Matter".
Gsw. 1996 Herald 26 Jul 25:
Here are a few others: downsizing, thinning-out, natural wastage. Now for a cruder few: the dan mac, the P45, yer jotters pal. And what happens when unemployment lays its grisly finger upon hitherto productive workers?
m.Sc. 1998 David Millar in Donny O'Rourke and Kathleen Jamie New Writing Scotland 16: The Glory Signs 119:
And we'd worked together once. Not for long, because you got your jotters after two and a half weeks. And what the fuck was all that about anyway.
Sc. 2003 Sunday Herald 17 Aug 19:
The humble school uniform has inspired a host of designers for the autumn/winter season. Just don't do the Britney look; lip gloss and pigtails will get you your jotters.

I. 1. (2) Add: I. 1. (2) (d) (ii) Phr. to get (someone) their jotters, To give (someone) the sack. (Sh., Bnff., Abd., Ags., Edb., Gsw., Ayr., Dmf. 2000s).Gsw. 1990 Alan Spence The Magic Flute (1991) 92:
'Ya shitefaced orange bastard ye! I've a good mind to get you your jotters for this!'

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"Jot v., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 17 Apr 2021 <>



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