Someone who greets is crying. An episode of this may be called a greet: "Just have a right good greet an ye'll feel better." If someone is feeling less than sympathetic to a person who is crying he may say: "The more ye greet the less ye'll pee."
Parents often warn arguing children that they are heading for a greetin match, meaning that both or all parties in the dispute will end up in tears.
A greetin face is a face that looks as if its owner has a complaint on his mind or is about to burst out crying: "Och, what's up wi yer
aul greetin face noo?" Anyone who wears such an expression habitually may be called greetin-faced: "Ye canny have a laugh wi that greetin-faced git."
© Michael Munro
Words in The Patter are not all related to aspects of life specific to Glasgow or particularly relevant to local habits - there is no shortage of local terms for everyday things or activities that are universal.
return to The Patter's introduction