Teenie trauchle drawers.
I am not sure if this is a term of endearment but I certainly thought of it as such. My dad used to say Teenie trauchle drawers when I was a youngster. I came across the saying Teenie from Troon yesterday and it made me think of the expression my dad had used. I did a bit of searching on the internet and there are many expressions using the name Teenie which is a generic form for addressing someone in parts of Scotland.Trauchle drawers I always thought referred to pants falling down. For example when a baby’s nappy would be working its way loose. I checked up in the Scottish dictionary for confirmation and trauchle is used as a verb.
2. Specif. To injure, spoil, befoul or bedraggle by dragging, trailing, knocking about or trampling, to damage or blemish from carelessness or slovenliness (Sc. 1808 Jam.; ne.Sc., Slg., Fif., sm.Sc. 1973); ¶in 1931 quot., to spoil a shot at golf, to muff a stroke. Hence (1) trachelt, ppl.adj., bedraggled, dishevelled, tangled, knocked about; slovenly, untidy, dirty (Rxb. 1801 J. Leyden Complaynt 377; Dmf. 1920; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein); of crops: beaten down by wind and rain; (2) trachlie, apt to entangle (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 195). Abd. 1754 R. Forbes Journal 26:
For as laggart an’ trachel’d as I wis wi’ tawin amo’ the dubs. Abd. 1794 W. Farquhar Poems 191:
Sair trackl’d wi’ the win’ and weet. Sc. 1825 Jam.:
A person is said to trauchle corn or grass, when he injures it by treading on it. Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb i.:
We canna hae the beast’s meat trachel’t amo’ their feet. Sc. 1873 D. M. Ogilvy Willie Wabster 4:
Shame fa’ thae trauchled, taupiet queans. Abd. 1903 J. Milne Myths 21:
He saw that her dress was both meanly and badly put on: “She was trachelt in her claes” was the expression he used. Fif. 1905 S. Tytler Daughter of the Manse iv. ii.:
Going home trachled and draigled in the wet.
(From Dictionary of the Scots Language)
I admit to referring to my children as Teenie trauchle drawers when they were losing their cloth nappy. Probably not something they remember me saying as they would be too young to remember.
My children do have some Scottish words that they use so some have remained with them.